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Korte, S., Körkkö, M., Maxwell, G., Beaton, M C., Keskitalo, P, Hast, M., Kyrö-Ämmälä, O., & Mommo, S. (2023). Professional educators in the Circumpolar North: A model for the digital competence of future teachers. In J. Spence, H. Exner-Pirot, & A. Petrov (Eds.), Arctic pandemics: COVID-19 and other pandemic experiences and lessons learned (pp. 301-314). Arctic Portal.

Professional educators in the Circumpolar North : a model for the digital competence of future teachers

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Author: Korte, Satu-Maarit1; Körkkö, Minna2; Maxwell, Gregor3;
Organizations: 1University of Lapland
2University of Oulu
3UiT Arctic University of Norway
4Leeds Beckett University
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Northern Research Forum, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-09-20


This article is based on a study that considers future teachers’ digital competencies in the Arctic education context with special attention to the necessary cultural and contextual dimensions of teachers’ work. This study explored the professional competencies teachers require when teaching diverse and multicultural pupils in the Circumpolar North drawing on the multiple affordances offered by the digital world. Previous research draws attention to specific teaching and teacher competencies required for rural schools in the Circumpolar North considering the unique assets and characteristics of rural places in this region. This study presents a model of Digital Competence for Future Teachers (DCFT) that illustrates the competencies required by teachers in rural schools in the Arctic. Within the proposed model, four types of digital knowledge-based competencies necessary for holistic education were identified: techno-cultural, intercultural, self-cultural, and micro-cultural. The model was created through a process of analysis of existing models of teachers’ digital competencies: MAP-, TPACK- and PEAT-models which are then reflected on the findings of an earlier international comparative multiple-case study by the same authors examining the sudden change to remote online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Cultural Competence for Equity and Inclusion (CCEI) framework. Although the presented study focused on the Circumpolar North, the findings have implications for teacher education and policy production more widely in national and international educational environments.

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Series: Arctic yearbook
ISSN: 2298-2418
ISSN-E: 2298-2418
ISSN-L: 2298-2418
Issue: 2023 Special Issue
Host publication: Arctic pandemics : COVID-19 and other pandemic experiences and lessons learned
Host publication editor: Spence, Jennifer
Exner-Pirot, Heather
Petrov, Andrey
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This research was supported by an international cooperative project – DistARCTIC: Distance Teaching and Learning in the Arctic Communities – financed by the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science; eLapland - Digital solutions - financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Programme for Sustainable Growth and Work Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Northern Ostrobotnia; Eudaimonia Institute, University of Oulu, Finland.
Copyright information: This is an open access volume distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY NC-4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial.