TÜBİTAK research project titled “Development of a learning environment to support parents’ competencies of raising digital citizens” started on 15.09.2015, which was initiated by Assoc.Prof.Dr. Işıl KABAKÇI YURDAKUL, the researcher at Anadolu University Faculty of Education Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology has been concluded on 15.09.2018.
The primary purpose of the current study is to investigate parents’ perceptions regarding their competencies of raising children as digital citizens and to develop and evaluate a relevant online learning environment. To realize this aim, the study was planned within four phases. In the first phase, competency constructs and indicators to address parents’ relevant skills were determined. The second phase was focussed on developing a measure to investigate parents’ perceptions of relevant competencies. In the third phase, Turkish parents’ perceptions were investigated with regard to relevant background variables. In the last phase, an online learning setting was developed and evaluated, which addresses relevant competency constructs and indicators.
Both descriptive and quasi-experimental methods were employed to realize research purposes. In the first phase, the expert panel was be organized through resorting to experts in different sectors and non-governmental organizations. To develop the scale for the second phase, research data were collected from Eskişehir. To investigate the perceptions of Turkish parents, a sample of 7150 parents were drawn from 26 city centers in Turkey in 2019 Fall semester whose dwellings have the internet connection and whose children are enrolled in secondary schools. Participants of the last phase, which involves the educational implementation to address digital parenting, were parents of students who are enrolled in secondary schools.
Data collection tools included an expert panel form, Digital Parenting Self-Efficacy Perception Scale of research constructs, personal information form, usability form, semi-structured interview form, and user logs. The research data emerging in the first phase required inductive analysis of the qualitative data. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted during the second phase. The third phase was involved using descriptive statistics along with one-way between-groups ANOVAs. Finally, the last phase was required paired-samples t-tests, descriptive statistics and inductive analysis of qualitative data.
As a result of the current study, competencies and indicators of digital parenting were revealed, a scale to address relevant competencies were developed, the current situation of Turkish parents was investigated, an online learning setting to address research constructs were developed and evaluated.