Information and Communication Competences for Students

  • Koen AesaertEmail author
  • Johan van Braak
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The general aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the main results of educational research studying 1) the concept of ICT competence; 2) the assessment of ICT competences and 3) characteristics related to differences in ICT competences. More specifically, the relationship between student, teacher and school level characteristics and primary school students’ ICT competences is described in the context of direct, performance-based assessment. At the end of the chapter, three underlying topics that are important for future research are discussed, that is, 1) the difference between the theoretical and empirical dimensionality of ICT competences; 2) the development of user-friendly assessment instruments; and 3) the need for research focusing on alternative ICT competences.


ICT competences Primary education Assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ghent UniversityGhentBelgium

Section editors and affiliations

  • Gerald Knezek
    • 1
  • Rhonda Christensen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.University of North TexasDentonUSA

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