Competence of future teachers in the digital security area

Keywords

Digital competence, teacher education, privacy, cyber security, Internet, teachers, university, initial training

Abstract

The use of technologies and the Internet poses problems and risks related to digital security. This article presents the results of a study on the evaluation of the digital competence of future teachers in the DigCompEdu European framework. 317 undergraduate students from Spain and Portugal answered a questionnaire with 59 items, validated by experts, in order to assess the level and predominant competence profile in initial training (including knowledge, uses and interactions and attitudinal patterns). The results show that 47% of the participants belong to the profile of teachers at medium digital risk, evidencing habitual practices that involve risks such as sharing information and digital content inappropriately, not using strong passwords, and ignoring concepts such as identity, digital “footprint” and digital reputation. The average valuations of each item in the seven categories show that future teachers have an average competence in the area of digital security. They have good attitudes toward security but less knowledge and fewer skills and practices related to the safe and responsible use of the Internet. Future lines of work are proposed, aimed at responding to the demand for a better prepared and more digitally competent citizenry. The demand for education in security, privacy and digital identity is becoming increasingly important, and these elements form an essential part of initial training.

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Received: 26-02-2019

Revised: 30-04-2019

Accepted: 10-05-2019

Preprint: 15-07-2019

Publication date: 01-10-2019

Article revision time: 62 days | Average time revision issue 61: 42 days

Article acceptance time: 72 days | Average time of acceptance issue 61: 78 days

Preprint editing time: 171 days | Average editing time preprint issue 61: 177 days

Article editing time: 216 days | Average editing time issue 61: 222 days

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Gallego-Arrufat, M., Torres-Hernández, N., & Pessoa, T. (2019). Competence of future teachers in the digital security area. [Competencia de futuros docentes en el área de seguridad digital]. Comunicar, 61, 57-67. https://doi.org/10.3916/C61-2019-05

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