Highlights of International Study on Computer Literacy
Submitted by David J. Rosen on November 10, 2019 - 8:56am
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Here are some important highlights -- and perhaps some surprises -- from a recent international study on children's computer literacy in which the U.S. participated (although the U.S did not meet the participation threshold for the study, so its results aren't considered as comparable.) As reported in this Education Week blog article, "International Study Finds Major Inequities in Computer Literacy," the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) assessed more than 46,000 students, 26,000 teachers, and 2,200 schools in 14 countries and territories for the study.
Here are some highlights:
- Having access to a computer or tablet doesn't necessarily make students computer literate
- There is greater variation in achievement levels within each country than between countries
- "Students of higher socio-economic status, as measured by family conditions such as parental occupation and education, and the number of books in the home, had significantly higher computer literacy scores"
- Denmark and South Korea were the top performers on the assessment; the U.S. scored in the middle
- "In evaluating students' computer literacy, the study considered students' ability to do things like edit digital photographs, create a database using Microsoft or Access, write or edit text for a school assignment, search for relevant information for a school project on the internet, creating a multimedia presentation, or judge whether you can trust information you find on the internet."
- "Teachers themselves may not be proficient at some computer-literacy skills. While 95 percent of teachers said they were comfortable using the internet to find resources, just 57 percent said they were confident in using digital tools for online collaboration."
- "The study saw a huge difference between younger teachers—defined as those younger than 40 and older teachers when it comes to how comfortable educators were in helping students learn to use devices."
- Overall, girls outperformed boys on computer literacy skills
- Not much has changed since the last survey in 2013. "Computers are used in very old fashioned ways," Dirk Hastedt, the executive director of the IEA said. "Basic computer literacy skills are not taught to all students."
What do you find interesting, surprising, reaffirming, or confirming of your own experience teaching adults computer or digital literacy skills?
Do you teach adult learners to do any of these things? Which ones?
- Edit digital photographs
- Create a database using Microsoft or Access, or a Google tool
- Write or edit text for a class or tutorial assignment
- search for relevant information on the Internet for a class or tutoring project
- create a multimedia presentation, or
- judge whether they can trust information they find on the internet ?
David J. Rosen, Moderator
LINCS CoP Integrating Technology group