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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Promoting Equality in Digital Literacy

A research project of the School of Education.

Background

The ICT sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world economy, and it is essential that the EU builds on current excellence to become a dominant player, worldwide. A skilled workforce is an essential prerequisite. At present, the take up of ICT-related careers by women is very small; this has two important consequences. First is the loss to the economy of the talents of a significant part of the potential workforce; second is the direct economic implications for women, many of whom are excluded from very well paid jobs.

PREDIL’s central concern was on the harmonization of societal needs and pedagogical practices.

Aims

PREDIL was built on the premise that evidence based gender sensitive pedagogical methods and teaching approaches can be catalytic in increasing both the quality of educational provisions and pupils’ motivation in STEM related fields. In light of that the project’s goal is to increase understanding into the processes that underpin the great imbalance in take up of ICT by boys and girls at school and university level and on such a base to develop a coherent and comprehensive gender sensitive pedagogical strategy supported by a self reflective (diagnostic and self-observation tools) framework for in-service teachers in order to address and remedy the imbalance.

Findings

PREDIL was carried out by an eight member consortium (Greece, France, UK, Spain, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland –being a silent partner) in a period of twenty-four months and in the frame of seven interrelated work packages.

The outputs from the project can be accessed from the website: http://predil.iacm.forth.gr/project.php 

Staff

From the School of Education

From other departments