Fostering Digital Citizenship and Effective Approach to Change in Teachers

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2021)
Title: Fostering Digital Citizenship and Effective Approach to Change in Teachers
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Anna Maria Mariani, Niccolò Cusano University, Italy
Luigi Piceci, Niccolò Cusano University, Italy
Francesco Maria Melchiori, Niccolò Cusano University, Italy


We present the results of a research project aimed to foster digital skills and approach to change in teachers. In Italian educational system, a urgent acknowledgment of the digital revolution underway is needed and the awareness and training of teachers and students cannot be postponed to increase a general awareness of the many risks but also of the countless opportunities that the digital world offers. Teachers need to become digitally aware citizens and, at the same time, they are responsible for teaching this competence to their pupils; educational institutions need to ensure a physical and virtual environment conducive to learning. A radical change in teaching method is needed, accompanied by the acquisition and integration of new languages, the pacification between tradition and innovation and a rebalancing of change approach. Our research focused on improving digital skills in teachers, as a vehicle to spread digital citizenship and literacy to the young population. The psico-educational protocol, proposed to a sample of 40 teachers, works both on digital skills and on approach to change, self efficacy and acceptance.

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