The role of school-home communication in supporting the development of children’s and adolescents’ digital skills, and the changes brought by COVID-19
School-home communication is a growing research field in social sciences, particularly in education sciences and communication studies. While previous studies have paid much attention to the importance of school-home interaction in supporting primary academic socialisation and progress of elementary school pupils, the role of teacher-parent communication and collaboration in influencing the development of children’s and adolescents’ digital skills remains an under-researched area. This paper employed thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with education experts in six European countries, providing an insight into their opinions and views on the problems in communication between homes and schools. The analysis identified main problems in and obstacles to school-home collaboration on children’s digital skills development, and the changes the COVID-19 pandemic brought along in this field of education. The paper provides five policy recommendations for enhancing school-home collaboration on digital skills development.
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Beilmann, M., Opermann, S., Kalmus, V., Vissenberg, J., & Pedaste, M. (2023). The role of school-home communication in supporting the development of children’s and adolescents’ digital skills, and the changes brought by COVID-19. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 15(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2023-15-1-1