The paper reflects on the construct of “digital educational poverty”, the dimensions to be considered in order to detect it and its possible measurability. The reflection arises from CREMIT’s consultancy to Save the Children on the occasion of the construction of the AbCD tool – Basic Self-Assessment of Digital Competences, to detect, for the first time in Italy, digital educational poverty. On an experimental basis, AbCD was administered to a sample of 772 children aged 13, attending the last class of junior high school, in 11 Italian provinces. The objective of the multidisciplinary team is to identify a Digital Educational Poverty Index (DEPI) based on the model of the Educational Poverty Index (EPI). The paper reconstructs on one hand the methodological aspects and on the other hand the main results. It will show how this qualitative-quantitative instrument was constructed by combining two interpretative paradigms for “digital competence”, one based on DigComp and one more attentive to the dynamism of competences. From the construction of the AbCD emerges the challenge of making the strong specificity of media skills “measurable”, i.e. having to be measured in authentic contexts.
Michele Marangi teaches Education and Learning Technologies and Peer&Media Education at the Catholic University of Milan; he also teaches at the University’s Advanced Training and Master courses. He is a member of CREMIT.
Stefano Pasta is a researcher in Didactics and Special Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education Sciences of the Catholic University of Milan, where he teaches Methodology of educational and special activities and holds training modules at the University’s Advanced Training and Master’s courses. He is a member of CREMIT. Stefano Pasta is a researcher in Didactics and Special Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education of the Catholic University of Milan, where he teaches Methodology of Educational and Special Activities and holds training modules at the University’s Advanced Training and Master Courses. He is a member of CREMIT.
Pier Cesare Rivoltella
Pier Cesare Rivoltella is full professor in Didactics and Special Pedagogy at the Catholic University of Milan, where he teaches General Didactics, Didactics and Media Education and Technologies of Instruction and Learning. He founded and directs CREMIT, is president of SIREM, and is editor of the journals “REM. Research on Education and Media” and “EaS. Essere a Scuola” and co-director of “Scholè. Rivista di educazione e studi culturali”.