What are the barriers in becoming a digitally competent primary school and how can these be overcome?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This case study aimed to uncover experience and confidence barriers associated with educating primary school children in becoming digitally competent. It also aimed to determine how these barriers could be overcome. The research investigated the backgrounds, feelings and attitudes of fourteen teachers who are currently developing Digital Competence (DC) with children at a south Wales primary school (PSX). The decision to research DC was due to its current status within Welsh education. When investigating the subject of DC barriers, there was a definite gap in the literature and there was limited research and materials specific to Wales, which looked at DC barriers. This supported my reason for wanting to carry out this research. The research encompassed a DC self assessment, individual semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire. This provided rich, valid data, that formed a detailed analysis of DC barriers and how the barriers could be addressed. The barriers in becoming a digitally competent primary school uncovered during the research included: age, training, time, skill dissemination, equipment/resources, understanding and technical issues; which were all supported by literature. Ways in which the barriers could be overcome were discussed by participants and include having: access to more training, time to disseminate skills and practise new skills, a better range of DC equipment and resources, the skills to solve basic technical issues and monitoring and moderation established in order to develop experience, confidence, standards and consistency. Therefore, the recommendations from this research are based on how the barriers can be overcome and how the development of DC can be improved and developed. It is hoped that what has been uncovered through this research will be familiar to other schools and that the outcomes of this dissertation will be helpful, not just to PSX, to a range of Welsh primary schools.
MA Education - Dissertation
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