New Trends and Perspectives for the Positive Use of ICT in Education

A special issue of European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education (ISSN 2254-9625).

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Department of Social Pedagogy and Adult Education, Pedagogical University of Cracow, 30-060 Cracow, Poland
Interests: media education; information society; lifelong learning; school; cybersafety
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Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Near East University—Near East Boulevard, Nicosia 99138, Turkey
Interests: educational technology; media education; learning theories; curriculum; special education; didactics

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Don State Technical University, Gagarin Square 1, 344000 Rostov-On-Don, Russia
Interests: education technology; ICT; information technology; web development
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Dear Colleagues,

The development of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has irreversibly transformed the education sector. The widespread use of new technologies based on IT solutions is strongly linked to the development of key competences, such as digital literacy. Today, it is increasingly difficult to imagine formal and non-formal education without the use of ICT in the process of learning, teaching, upbringing, and communication mediated by digital media.

ICTs are the basis for the rapid transfer of information, evaluation of knowledge, and simulation of phenomena that are difficult to implement using analogue teaching aids. The development of the information society has a visible impact on the equipment of schools with IT software and hardware. In recent years, the growth of pedagogical innovations based on smartphones, the Internet, augmented reality, and e-learning is also noticeable. Such processes force us to reflect on the opportunities related to universal, deep, and irreversible computerization. The positive consequences of the use of ICT in education are increasingly taking the form of an emerging direction of research in pedagogical sciences, referred to as the paradigm of opportunities.

The aim of this Special Issue is to show effective ICT-based solutions that have been implemented in education. In this Special Issue, we would like to present prototypical and tested solutions that use the potential of ICT. We invite you to submit texts on the computerization of formal education, university education, and lifelong learning. We particularly welcome papers on pedagogical experiments, the implementation of new e-learning platforms, and the presentation of new teaching aids based on digital media.

Dr. Łukasz Tomczyk
Prof. Dr. Huseyin Uzunboylu
Prof. Dr. Lazar Stošić
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Keywords

  • ICT
  • education
  • media education
  • teachers
  • students
  • pedagogy
  • chance paradigm
  • new software
  • new hardware
  • increasing efficiency
  • new trends
  • pedagogical innovations
  • non-standard solutions
  • international cooperation
  • technology transfer in the education sector
  • new media psychology
  • educational policy
  • digital literacy
  • VR
  • AR
  • digital maturity

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Educational Psychology Aspects of Learning with Chatbots without Artificial Intelligence: Suggestions for Designers
by Michal Černý
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2023, 13(2), 284-305; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe13020022 - 28 Jan 2023
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Chatbots without artificial intelligence can play the role of practical and easy-to-implement learning objects in e-learning environments, allowing a reduction in social or psychological isolation. This research, with a sample of 79 students, explores the principles that need to be followed in designing [...] Read more.
Chatbots without artificial intelligence can play the role of practical and easy-to-implement learning objects in e-learning environments, allowing a reduction in social or psychological isolation. This research, with a sample of 79 students, explores the principles that need to be followed in designing this kind of chatbot in education in order to ensure an acceptable outcome for students. Research has shown that students interacting with a chatbot without artificial intelligence expect similar psychological and communicative responses to those of a live human, project the characteristics of the chatbot from the dialogue, and are taken aback when the chatbot does not understand or cannot help them sufficiently. The study is based on a design through research approach, in which students in information studies and library science interacted with a specific chatbot focused on information retrieval, and recorded their experiences and feelings in an online questionnaire. The study intends to find principles for the design of chatbots without artificial intelligence so that students feel comfortable interacting with them. Full article
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The Role of a Ministry of Education in Addressing Distance Education during Emergency Education
by Wajeeh Daher and Huda Salameh
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2022, 12(5), 478-493; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe12050036 - 20 May 2022
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The present study aims to identify the role of a Ministry of Education in meeting the challenges faced due to distance education as emergency education. The study participants were nine officials working at the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education. We used [...] Read more.
The present study aims to identify the role of a Ministry of Education in meeting the challenges faced due to distance education as emergency education. The study participants were nine officials working at the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education. We used interviews to collect data and inductive content analysis to analyze these data. The study result indicates that the ministry carried out action related to the different educational aspects to meet distance education challenges. It is recommended that ministries of education strengthen their collaboration with the local community. The aim of this collaboration is two-fold: encouraging parents’ support of technology integration in education and encouraging their role in positively influencing their students’ perceptions of the use of ICT in learning. Teachers also need to engage in the change of students’ perception towards a more positive one regarding the influence of ICT on learning. Full article
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The Pedagogical Model of Hybrid Teaching: Difficulties of University Students in the Context of COVID-19
by Alejandro Lorenzo-Lledó, Asunción Lledó, Alba Gilabert-Cerdá and Gonzalo Lorenzo
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2021, 11(4), 1320-1332; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe11040096 - 22 Oct 2021
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The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has led to changes in many areas, with educational scenarios being affected. In this sense, university education has undergone significant changes owing to the impossibility of following the fully face-to-face mode of teaching. Given this situation, the [...] Read more.
The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has led to changes in many areas, with educational scenarios being affected. In this sense, university education has undergone significant changes owing to the impossibility of following the fully face-to-face mode of teaching. Given this situation, the general objective of this study is to analyze the university educational scenario in the context of COVID-19 and, more specifically, to identify the difficulties perceived by students. Using a mixed quantitative–qualitative methodological approach, an ad hoc questionnaire was designed, and data were collected from a sample of 238 students of the Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching during the 2020/2021 academic year. The results obtained have shown that students have experienced numerous difficulties in adapting to the hybrid teaching model. In this sense, it is worth highlighting the decrease in motivation, the feeling of loneliness, technical connection problems, and less interaction with the teaching staff and other students. The degree of satisfaction with the teaching received is also moderate. As a conclusion, it can be stated that the difficulties identified recommend the introduction of actions to improve the application of the teaching model implemented in favor of university excellence. Full article
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Factors Related with Underperformance in Reading Proficiency, the Case of the Programme for International Student Assessment 2018
by Vianey Vazquez-Lopez and Eric Leonardo Huerta-Manzanilla
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2021, 11(3), 813-828; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe11030059 - 24 Jul 2021
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Almost 217 million secondary school students (60% of the world’s adolescents) do not reach minimum levels in reading proficiency at the end of secondary school, according to objective 4.1 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, the early and efficient identification of this [...] Read more.
Almost 217 million secondary school students (60% of the world’s adolescents) do not reach minimum levels in reading proficiency at the end of secondary school, according to objective 4.1 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, the early and efficient identification of this disadvantage and implementation of remedial strategies is critical for economies. In 2018, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assessed the reading skills of 15-year-old students in 80 countries and economies. This work introduces a methodology that uses PISA’s data to build logistic regression models to identify the main factors contributing to students’ underperforming reading skills. Results showed that socioeconomic status (SES), metacognition strategies, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills, and student–teacher relationships are the most important contributors to low reading abilities. Full article
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Incident Factors in the Sustainable Development of Digital Teaching Competence in Dual Vocational Education and Training Teachers
by Jesús Sánchez-Prieto, Juan Manuel Trujillo-Torres, Melchor Gómez-García and Gerardo Gómez-García
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2021, 11(3), 758-769; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe11030054 - 15 Jul 2021
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For years the technological revolution has been transforming all facets of our society. Teaching could obviously not be an exception but is quite the opposite because of its role in training the individuals of that society. Teachers at all levels of education are [...] Read more.
For years the technological revolution has been transforming all facets of our society. Teaching could obviously not be an exception but is quite the opposite because of its role in training the individuals of that society. Teachers at all levels of education are subjected to an adaptation process to develop the digital skills necessary for this transformation. This process must be permanent as there are still major deficiencies in teachers’ ICT knowledge and rejection of their application. This study aims to see whether the inadequacy of digital teaching skills also occurs in the Dual Vocational Training modality. To this end, a descriptive quantitative method has been carried out in a sample of teachers from the Professional Formation Dual system in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. The results show an insufficient level of digital skills that is therefore improvable, finding some factors that influence, to some extent, the various components of digital competence such as prior teacher training, the locality in which their school resides or the category of teaching to which he belongs. Therefore, it is advised to continue to promote in-service training in digital competence for in-service teachers in order to achieve sustainable educational development. Full article
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Perception of Internet Use in Relation to Health Decision-Making among Nursing Students
by José A. Zafra-Agea, Noelia Calvillo-Nuñez, Òscar Gil-Jiménez and Ivan Hellín-Pijuan
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2023, 13(5), 810-819; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe13050061 - 01 May 2023
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Internet use has increased worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, to the point where it has inadvertently integrated into our lives. University students use the Internet daily for different purposes: seeking information, entertaining, as a teaching and learning tool, they consider social networks as [...] Read more.
Internet use has increased worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, to the point where it has inadvertently integrated into our lives. University students use the Internet daily for different purposes: seeking information, entertaining, as a teaching and learning tool, they consider social networks as a means of connection and social interaction, and to seek information to make health decisions. Because of this, the Internet and social networks have gained popularity among this group, to the point of developing an abusive use that is not perceived as an addictive risk. A descriptive analysis was performed through the adaptation of a survey about Internet use, social networks and health perception; this survey was given to nursing students of the Gimbernat School during the academic year 2021–2022. Students completed the ad hoc questionnaire (N = 486; 83.5% female, 16.3% male; only 1 declared to be non-binary gender). Our hypothesis had to do with whether the population of nursing students at Gimbernat School had increased, after the pandemic, its use of the Internet and social networks to make decisions about health problems. The objective of the study was to analyse differences in students’ habits of use of the Internet and social networks as they look for health information, their decision-making when they find the information and their perception of health as nursing students from a gender perspective. The results showed a clear positive relationship between the variables studied. Of nursing students, 60.4% spend between 20 and more than 40 h a week using the Internet, and 43.6% of these hours are spent on social networks. Of students, 31.1% make health decisions by searching for information on the Internet and consider it useful and relevant. The use of the Internet and social media in relation to health decisions is clearly affected. To try to reduce the incidence of the problem, interventions are needed regarding the prevention and/or consequences of Internet abuse and health education of student nurses as future health assets. Full article
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