• Luís Miguel CARDOSO
  • Concepción Torres BEGINES
Keywords: education; communication; literacy; higher education.


Contemporary society, dominated by inexhaustible sources of
information, complex social and generational changes implies that teaching
and learning are increasingly associated with these transformations,
implying a new teacher profile for the 21st century. The student is
increasingly immersed in technology and there is a clear need to rethink the
pedagogical innovation in Higher Education, namely when we associate
education, pedagogy and the different literacies that must be taken to the
classroom. METHOD. In order to establish a debate on what a professor
needs to improve his/her teaching and get to his/her students, we have
designed a questionnaire considering the main aspects on literacies in
education and presented it to two target groups, one in Portugal and one in
Spain. RESULTS. The results obtained are very similar in both cases: 100%
of the students agreed that contemporary society needs more specific
language to code and decode information and that the analysis of this
information society challenges must be carried into the classroom, although
they differ sometimes in the importance of one literacy or another.
DISCUSSION. With this study, we can conclude that teachers in Higher
Education clearly need to enhance different contemporary skills in order to
correspond to the expectations of the generation of digital natives and cope
with the technological and informational changes that affect the current
educational system.

Author Biographies

Luís Miguel CARDOSO

PolytechnicInstitute of Portalegre
Centre forComparativeStudies - University of Lisboa

Concepción Torres BEGINES

Faculty of EducationSciences
University of Seville


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