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Teaching Digital Competences - An Approach to Engage Multiple Parties into the Process of Teaching Digital Competences in German Schools

  • Digital competences are describing a set of skills, which are necessary to use digital devices and tools with an adequate degree of self-determination. With the ubiquitous digitization of our lives and our society it is important for every citizen to have digital competences. Therefor, it is necessary to educate those competences in schools. As one cannot assume teachers to have enough digital competences to well educate the children of todays classes, this master thesis tries to find out: How to shape the process of teaching digital competences to adolescents in German schools, focusing on including multiple parties from diverse backgrounds into the process? At first, the current situation of teaching digital competences in German schools is analyzed by means of a literature review. After the identification of the challenges within the German system, international best practices are examined. Therefor, four countries, which have reached high scores in the International Computer and Information Literacy Study are selected. Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark and the Republic of Korea are compared and possible chances for Germany identified. As the next step, expert interviews with divers parties, which have direct or indirect relation to the German education system, are held. The goal of the interviews is to generate ideas on how to support the education system by external help. At the end of the thesis the recommended approach of Motivating External People is presented. Several measures, such as teaching or mentoring students in a guest lecturer model; providing IT support for the hard- and software of the schools or creating Open Educational Resources as education material for the teachers are presented and possible third parties are named. As it is not possible to support the education system from the outside without education system internal persons, it is presented, what needs to change within the system to get the approach working. Therefor, not a complex and system changing approach is presented, but a combined top-down and bottom-up process to motivate external people to support.

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Author:Josephine Greifenberg
Referee:Kristian Prof. Dr. Fischer, Stephan Pavlovic
Document Type:Master's Thesis
Publishing Institution:Hochschulbibliothek der Technischen Hochschule Köln
Granting Institution:Technische Hochschule Köln
Date of first Publication:2020/02/22
Date of Publication (online):2020/03/09
Tag:Digital competences; German education system; International computer and information literacy study; Teaching; Web science
Institutes:Informatik und Ingenieurwissenschaften (F10) / Fakultät 10 / Advanced Media Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft
Open Access:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das UrhG