School of Education
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)
Digital Citizenship, Online Education, Perceptions, Technology
Grammon, Tamarack Autumn, "Comparing Digital Citizenship Perceptions of Online Students and Teachers" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2756.
The purpose of this study was to identify commonalities or differences between teacher and student perceptions of digital citizenship, defined by the norms of behavior with regard to technology use. The study was conducted with online, secondary students and teachers from the same population using the DCS (Digital Citizenship Scale) instrument created by Choi, Glassman, and Cristol (2017). The study addressed the problem of inconsistent digital skills among online, secondary students and teachers by gathering data about areas where deficiencies may exist for both teachers and students in the same population. Variables included: (1) online, secondary student perceptions of digital citizenship (2) online, secondary teacher perceptions of digital citizenship. Areas of digital citizenship perceptions included digital ethics, media and information literacy, participation engagement, and critical resistance. Results indicated no statistically significant difference in digital citizenship perceptions between online, secondary students and teachers. Targeted training using the common identified need found in the study are recommended for use in future studies promoting relevant and effective digital citizenship education.