Digital Bildung in the Danish Higher Technical Examination Programme

Anders Boelt, Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen

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This paper takes its point of departure in the educational reform of the Danish upper-secondary school, which emphasizes the use of technology in the educational sphere. The reform is based on the notion that technological develop- ment is a foundation for our society. The ambition is twofold; to compete on a global economic scene, Denmark is dependent on the youth’s digital literacies, and in order to participate in the digital society the same competences are required. The teachers’ technological and digital literacies are expected to inform the students’ digital Bildung and digital literacies. Through a qualitative study, interviews were conducted with teachers from a Danish Higher Technical Examination Pro- gramme (HTX). By applying a critical approach informed by Freire’s generative themes and Feenberg’s instrumentalization theory, limit-situations, limit-acts and perceptions of technology are investigated. The study finds that technologies at a societal level are perceived primarily as beneficial tools permeating society with minor consequences derived from a formal bias. At an educational level, technologies act as both empowering tools and as problematic disturbances. Digital Bildung is promoted by practical and reflective use of technology, but is centred around certain software which promotes a ‘locked’ skillset. However, digital Bildung can also be enhanced by removing the technology and reflect on the consequences of its absence. The metaphors used to describe technology suggest an understanding based in soft technological determinism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th European Conference on e-Learning
EditorsAnabela Mesquita, Paula Peres
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-911218-59-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-911218-60-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event16th European Conference on eLearning - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 26 Oct 201727 Oct 2017


Conference16th European Conference on eLearning
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SeriesAcademic Bookshop Proceedings Series


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