Education Sciences, Vol. 13, Pages 530: Digital Literacy and Digital Self-Efficacy of Australian Technology Teachers

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Education Sciences, Vol. 13, Pages 530: Digital Literacy and Digital Self-Efficacy of Australian Technology Teachers

Education Sciences doi: 10.3390/educsci13050530

Authors:
Amy Cosby
Eloise S. Fogarty
Jaime Manning

Agriculture is being increasingly transformed into a technological industry and calls for a greater need for digitally literate employees. To ensure school students are best placed for this requirement, the development of teacher digital literacy, self-efficacy, and the awareness of agricultural technology is essential. The current study explores the digital literacy and self-efficacy of Australian Technology Mandatory teachers who were participants in a one-day workshop (n = 185). The workshop introduced participants to the GPS Cows module, a complete teaching resource specifically designed to cover agricultural aspects of the Technology Mandatory syllabus. Data were collected by way of classroom ‘clickers’ during the workshop and by a post-workshop survey. Teachers were found to have reasonable basic digital literacy but lacked the confidence to conduct more detailed analytics. There was also some evidence that a teacher’s own digital literacy may also impact their perception of their students’ skills. Professional development workshops, such as the GPS Cows workshop, can improve teacher digital literacy and self-efficacy through hands-on learning in a collaborative, team environment.

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