Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Arts and Humanities

Supervisor name and surname:

Mercè Gisbert Cervera

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Supervisor short biography

PhD programme:

Educational Technology

Title of the research project:

An inclusive school for a digital society

Description of the research project:

The digital society has created new illiterate and new risks of exclusion. These risks should be counteracted from the educational field. To do so, the educational systems should develop strategies for digital inclusion. The school, as organization, should design and implement actions aimed at promoting the process of universal access to knowledge as a guarantee of social equity. For this, it becomes necessary to ensure training throughout students lives. This lifelong learning will be the most important individual tool to counteract the inequality and gaps that the digital society has generated.

It Is necessary a permanent and renewed dialogue between the school and the educational community, so as to value students based on their individual abilities. This promotes a more welcoming society, and at the same time adjusts their expectations to the capabilities of each individual.

The inclusive policies of organizations are based on the development of a school for all.
The participation of students and their families should be contemplated in educational projects that guarantee attention to diversity. The supports for those projects should be aimed at reducing access barriers.

Inclusion is not only a provision of services. Inclusion implies a change in the learning expectations of students and the assessment of collaborative work between the educational professionals. The inclusive school implies new forms of coexistence, a continuous change aimed at improvement and a process of constant revision.

Inclusive educational centers must ensure the necessary support for the social participation of the students. Today`s society needs citizens with basic skills in the digital field in order to avoid the exclusion of those affected by the digital divide.

The general objectives of this investigation will be:
- To analyze the consequences of the digital divide from the perspective of education through a systematic in-depth review of the literature.
- To define educational strategies for action in the formal sphere to guarantee the digital inclusion of citizenship.
- To design school strategies aimed at promoting digital inclusion.
- To apply and evaluate school strategies aimed at favoring digital inclusion.

Gross anual salary:

26443.80 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Expected start date:

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713679