Assessing the digital competence of educators in social studies: An analysis in initial teacher training using the TPACK-21 model

Keywords: educational technology, TPACK, digital competence of educators, initial teacher training, social studies education, ICT

Abstract

Fostering the digital competence of educators is a key aspect that can be addressed in initial teacher training. The TPACK model (Mishra & Koehler, 2006) can be complemented with an approach that takes the Digital Competence of Educators framework (Redecker & Punie, 2017) and 21st century competences into account. This study analysed the practical utility of this conceptual model, and the effectiveness of a teaching intervention in a university setting, during two academic years, with social studies secondary education prospective teachers. Using a quantitative approach and the TPACK-21 questionnaire (Valtonen et al., 2017), the study examined the starting point and evolution of the participants. Results indicate the adequacy of the framework and instrument used and favourable progress towards competence after the assessment of seven factors. Although pre-service teachers showed a low degree of confidence regarding their capabilities of integrating technological with pedagogical and content knowledge, especially in three of the components, this obstacle was overcome after the intervention. It is possible to conclude that the pedagogical and conceptual orientation of the teaching proposal has shown a positive effect, evidencing the effectiveness of a comprehensive approach capable of adapting to the specificity and challenges of social studies education.

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Author Biographies

Diego Miguel-Revilla, University of Valladolid (Spain)
Lecturer at the Department of Experimental Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics Didactics. University of Valladolid (Spain).
José María Martínez-Ferreira, University of Valladolid (Spain)
Professor at the Department of Experimental Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics Didactics. University of Valladolid (Spain).
María Sánchez-Agustí, University of Valladolid (Spain)
Professor at the Department of Experimental Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics Didactics. University of Valladolid (Spain).
Published
2020-01-01
How to Cite
Miguel-Revilla, D., Martínez-Ferreira, J. M., & Sánchez-Agustí, M. (2020). Assessing the digital competence of educators in social studies: An analysis in initial teacher training using the TPACK-21 model. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.5281
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