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Ecaterina Sarah Frasineanu and Vali Ilie
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Ecaterina Sarah Frasineanu: University of Craiova, Romania
Vali Ilie: University of Craiova, Romania

Annals of the University of Craiova, Series Psychology, Pedagogy, 2018, vol. 37, issue 1, 63-72

Abstract: We are witnessing today a transformation of the roles of the educator and the educated: in order to surpass the unidirectional and transmissive model of the teacher-student relationship, there is need for a multidirectional model of educational communication. Students get and use information more easily, from various working environments, where the electronic space represents an effective modeling tool for learning. The concept of Digital Natives, applied to the students, uses descriptions of the current generation of young people who have grown up surrounded by technology. The promoters of the idea according to which young people intuitively know how to use technology have been disputed with arguments and studies which have highlighted that even if they have this living environment, pupils or students need digital training because they do not have natural digital skills that would allow them to use technology safely and proficiently.Therefore, their informally acquired skills are susceptible of being incomplete. From the teachers’ perspective in order to understand which are, after all, the changes that the specificities of the young people who are learning require their adhesion to the postmodern paradigm of constructivist training. That is based on the use of interactions and on the application of the New Technologies of Information and Communication (NTIC) in an expanded context. Such an environment is beyond the formal frameworks of academic training in a digital environment, with all the advantages and limitations that it creates. Our analyses capture the difference between the conceptions that take into account the perceptions or self-assessments of the students and the ones based on the results of the effective evaluations of their digital competence level.

Keywords: Digital natives; Digital immigrants; NTIC; Digital competences; Digital citizenship. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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