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Migrant Teachers’ Self-Estimated Digital Competence: A Study Within Swedish Teacher Education

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CITE Journal Volume 19, Number 2, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

An increasing number of migrant teachers with a foreign teaching degree enter Swedish teacher education to complement their studies to become eligible to teach in Swedish schools. Digital competence is one of the central skills required of teachers in today’s digitized information society. Within teacher education few studies examine how migrant teachers estimate their ability and skills within digital competence. Hence, in the present study, migrant teachers’ digital competence is investigated applying the framework of technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge (TPACK), the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp 2.1), and the Digital Competence of Educators framework (DigCompEdu). A convergent mixed-methods research design was used. The combined datasets consisted of a web survey, focus groups, individual interviews, and reflective texts, which were analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively. The respondents’ initial teacher education was obtained in 57 countries/regions. The findings highlight that migrant teachers’ digital competence is diverse, scoring from both very low to high in TPACK, as well as in DigComp 2.1, from a foundation proficiency level to a highly specialized one. This result implies that further development to enhance migrant teachers’ digital competence must be diversified.

Citation

Käck, A., Männikkö Barbutiu, S. & Fors, U. (2019). Migrant Teachers’ Self-Estimated Digital Competence: A Study Within Swedish Teacher Education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 19(2), 256-278. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved September 20, 2019 from .