Jimenez, Patricia

Start date:
October 2018
Research Topic:
The Digital Competence Framework in practice: The local and practical accomplishment of the digital in an educational setting
Research Supervisor:
Dr Gareth Thomas and Dr Jamie Lewis
Supervising school:
Ysgol y Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol,
Primary funding source:
ESRC-DTP, Welsh Government

The Digital Competence Framework (DCF) is one of the cross-curricular elements of the new Curriculum for Wales 2022. The framework is designed to help learners become confident digital citizens, to interact and collaborate digitally with others, to produce work digitally, and to become confident in handling data and using computational thinking (problem solving strategies). The thesis explores what implementing the DCF looks like in practice, examining what is involved in the production of digital skills as educational outcomes. The thesis is based on a two-months fieldwork at a primary school in South Wales, where lessons and other classroom activities were observed and video-recorded for detail analysis. The analysis explores the local and practical production of adequate instructions, pedagogical dialogues, and technological affordances as interactional accomplishments.