Construction of a Knowledge Society: Developments in Information Technology and Educational Management

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 4812

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Department of Didactics and Educational Organization, University of Seville, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Interests: digital competence; educational digital transformation; evaluation; ICT; education
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Department of Didactics and Educational Organization, University of Seville, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Interests: digital competence; educational digital transformation; evaluation; ICT; education
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Department of Didactics and Educational Organization, University of Seville, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Interests: digital competence; educational digital transformation; evaluation; ICT; education
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We currently live in a technological society, where digital competence is a fundamental requirement to develop as citizens. The Knowledge Society implies a transformation in our way of life, where digital technologies are continuously present. Th new way of life supposes a constant interaction with digital technologies that provoked changes in our ways of thinking, acting, proceeding and learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a unique opportunity to understand the need for training that exists regarding the digital skills of all citizens. The current situation is an ideal time to think, analyze and contribute to this reality. For the educational system of all countries, it is a challenge to adequately develop and integrate digital technologies in the learning and comprehension processes that take place in the classroom at any educational level since, currently, boys and girls are consumers of technological resources from a very young age. Therefore, teachers need to be trained to prepare future generations to make responsible and profitable use of technologies. This Special Issue seeks contributions that allow us to inspire, reflect and contribute to the educational digital transformation for social development. Scientific contributions that exemplify and report on good educational practices with ICT from an inclusive perspective will be accepted.

Contributions have to follow one of the three categories of papers (article, conceptual paper or review) for the journal and address the topic of the special issue.

Prof. Dr. Raquel Barragán Sánchez
Prof. Dr. Juan Jesús Gutiérrez-Castillo
Prof. Dr. Antonio Palacios-Rodríguez
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Keywords

  • knowledge society
  • TIC
  • innovation with ICT
  • inclusion
  • digital competence teaching

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Validation Using Structural Equations of the “Cursa-T” Scale to Measure Research and Digital Competencies in Undergraduate Students
by Rocío Elizabeth Duarte Ayala, Antonio Palacios-Rodríguez, Yunuen Ixchel Guzmán-Cedillo and Leticia Rodríguez Segura
Societies 2024, 14(2), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc14020022 - 12 Feb 2024
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Research competencies are considered essential in fields such as science, academia, and technology, and this research seeks to provide a reliable tool to evaluate them. Therefore, the main objective of this study is to validate the “Cursa-T” scale through an exploratory and confirmatory [...] Read more.
Research competencies are considered essential in fields such as science, academia, and technology, and this research seeks to provide a reliable tool to evaluate them. Therefore, the main objective of this study is to validate the “Cursa-T” scale through an exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, as well as through structural equations, to ensure that the data collected fit the proposed theoretical model. The study sample consists of 1104 university students, mostly female, and a questionnaire based on previous studies is used. The most important results of the research include the validation of the “Cursa-T” scale through advanced statistical methods, such as exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. The scale is found to be reliable and valid for measuring undergraduate research and digital competencies, and the data collected fit the proposed theoretical model. The discussion of the research highlights the importance of technology, devices, software, and the use of platforms in the development of research and digital competencies in Health Sciences students. It also reflects on the role of social networks in these competencies, as they can facilitate participation in academic communities. Ultimately, the research underlines the relevance of preparing undergraduate students in health areas. Full article
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Self-Perception of Digital Competence in University Lecturers: A Comparative Study between Universities in Spain and Peru According to the DigCompEdu Model
by Lorena Martín-Párraga, Carmen Llorente-Cejudo and Julio Barroso-Osuna
Societies 2023, 13(6), 142; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc13060142 - 09 Jun 2023
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Today’s technology presents a major challenge for the education system in terms of digital literacy and the quality of education. This study focused on analyzing the level of digital competence of university teachers at the University of Seville, Spain, and another university in [...] Read more.
Today’s technology presents a major challenge for the education system in terms of digital literacy and the quality of education. This study focused on analyzing the level of digital competence of university teachers at the University of Seville, Spain, and another university in Arequipa, Peru, using the DigCompEdu model (Digital Competence Framework for Educators). The aim was to obtain significant data that reflect the educational reality within the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and to highlight the importance of training actions that improve the digital competence of teachers. The study was carried out using a descriptive–inferential approach, which showed the reality of the groups and obtained general conclusions based on the collected data. The participating teachers answered a self-assessment questionnaire that was previously validated by experts. The analyses and the obtained results highlight the importance of offering personalized training adapted to the needs of each educational context. Furthermore, they raise the need to reflect on areas for improvement and how to approach similar work in the future. It is suggested that future studies include probability samples in each research area to obtain more representative and globally applicable data. Full article
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Digital Competence of Special Education Teachers: An Analysis from the Voices of Members of School Management Teams
by Marta Montenegro-Rueda and José Fernández-Cerero
Societies 2023, 13(4), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc13040084 - 29 Mar 2023
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The use of digital technologies is one of the fundamental resources to favour the inclusion of students with special educational needs. However, recent studies continue to show a lack of use by teachers during the development of their teaching practices, especially in the [...] Read more.
The use of digital technologies is one of the fundamental resources to favour the inclusion of students with special educational needs. However, recent studies continue to show a lack of use by teachers during the development of their teaching practices, especially in the field of special education. This article aims to analyse the level of digital competence of special education teachers through the perceptions of the school management team in Andalusia (Spain). The information is obtained through interviews with 62 members of school management teams. The results suggest that the low level of training and digital competence of special education teachers is the reason why they do not make use of digital tools in their teaching practice, due to a lack of teacher awareness, as well as the non-existent or insufficient development of training activities that hinder such training. In conclusion, there is a need to improve the professional development of special education teachers in digital competencies, as well as greater institutional involvement through strategic plans that promote such training. Full article
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