Brussels, 15 December 2018

ECSWE stance supported by European Parliament resolution
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The European Parliament’s resolution on education in the digital era calls for unbiased research into the effects of digital technology on brain development.

On 11th Decem­ber 2018, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment adopt­ed its res­o­lu­tion on edu­ca­tion in the dig­i­tal era. The report gives pol­i­cy rec­om­men­da­tions on how to adapt edu­ca­tion sys­tems to the chal­lenges of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion. ECSWE lob­bied for a more bal­anced view on the use of dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy in schools, age-appro­pri­ate and devel­op­ment-ori­ent­ed media edu­ca­tion, and invest­ment into research on the effect of dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy on young chil­dren’s brain development.

Our work con­tributed to achiev­ing a more bal­anced doc­u­ment that includes the fol­low­ing key demands:

  • A strong call for “invest­ment in unbi­ased and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research into the var­i­ous impacts of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies on edu­ca­tion”, “so as to achieve as deep an under­stand­ing as pos­si­ble of how the minds of chil­dren and adults are respond­ing to the dig­i­tal environment”;
  • The demand that teacher train­ing in the field of media edu­ca­tion “must include mod­ules on age- and devel­op­ment-ori­ent­ed teach­ing prac­tices” prepar­ing teach­ers for a sus­tain­able approach ori­ent­ed towards the well­be­ing of the learner;
  • The request to author­i­ties to coop­er­ate with edu­ca­tion set­tings to “devel­op their ICT and media edu­ca­tion in accor­dance with their ped­a­gog­i­cal approach” thus giv­ing schools more auton­o­my in defin­ing their own media curricula.

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Georg Jürgens