A digital competence framework in the making: Perceptions, cultures and practice

This research project is in competition for funding with one or more projects available across the ESRC Wales (DTP). Usually the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding. Find out more information about the DTP and how to apply.

Application deadline: 1 February 2018

Start date: October 2018


We live in a world in which digital knowledge, digital skills and digital frameworks are seen as central to both individual and national futures. In Wales, for example, a new Digital Competence Framework (DCF) was the first recommendation from 'Successful Futures', placing digital skills as a core competence alongside literacy and numeracy.

The development (and implementation) of the DCF, with data literacy and computational thinking as core cross-curricular competencies, is unique in the world. Having first been made available to schools in September 2016, there are a range of techno-pedagogical challenges to implementation and scaling the DCF outside of the core Digital Pioneer schools. However, we lack an understanding of the perceptions and cultures through which new forms of digital practice are made.

Project aims and methods

This studentship aims to make sense of the delivery and practice of the DCF by teachers across Wales. As the Framework is a relatively new element of the Welsh curriculum, and is thus in the making, the project is likely to be exploratory in nature from the beginning and will develop as the curriculum and implementation of the Framework matures.

It will require fieldwork in classrooms, as well as interviews with key actors, including include practitioners involved in the development of the Framework from the Pioneer schools. Observations and interviews will include specialist and non-specialist teachers in both rural and urban settings.


Carina Girvan

Dr Carina Girvan


+44(0) 29 2087 6289
Jamie Lewis

Dr Jamie Lewis

Lecturer in Sociology

+44(0) 29 2087 6140


External Collaborator: Welsh Government 

External Collaborator: Professor Tom Crick

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