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Ethics and Education in the Digital Age: Global Perspectives and Strategies for Local Transformation in Catalonia

Ética y Educación en la era digital: perspectivas globales y estrategias para la transformación local en Cataluña


The purpose of this paper is to provide a global analysis and a synthesis of emerging ethical issues, situations, and questions that face educators using digital technologies. The authors offer a conceptual framework centered on the Ethical Context Continuum (ECC) that integrates how society, culture, values, and technology are perceived by people and create ethical choices that consider the potential harm, benefits or both to individuals and groups. A summary of emerging ethical issue areas is discussed and recommendations are offered for adapting global best practices and lessons learned at the local level in Catalonia. The authors conclude that the range and complexity of potential ethical issues relevant to the use of digital technologies will expand in the future. The development of a comprehensive Code of Ethics for the Use of Digital Technologies is strongly recommended across all societal sectors in Catalonia. These proposals and other recommendations can also be applied in other local and national contexts.


El propósito de este artículo es proporcionar un análisis global y una síntesis de las nuevas cuestionesy situaciones éticas a las que se enfrentan los educadores que utilizan tecnologías digitales. Se presentará un marco conceptual centrado en el contexto ético continuo (CEC), que integra cómo se perciben la sociedad, la cultura, los valores y la tecnología y cómo se crean opciones éticas teniendo en cuenta los daños y los beneficios potenciales tanto para las personas como para los grupos humanos. Se comentará una síntesis de las áreas temáticas éticas émergentes y se ofrecerán recomendaciones para la adaptación en Cataluña de las mejores prácticas y los principales hitos. Se conduirá afirmando que el alcance y la complejidad de los problemas éticos potenciales relacionados con el uso de las tecnologías digitales se ampliará en el futuro. El desarrollo de un código ético para el uso de las tecnologías digitales es muy recomendable en todos los sectores sociales de Cataluña. Esta y otras recomendaciones que se propondrán podrán aplicarse también a otros contextos locales y nationales.


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Olcott, D., Carrera Farran, X., Gallardo Echenique, E.E. et al. Ethics and Education in the Digital Age: Global Perspectives and Strategies for Local Transformation in Catalonia. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 12, 59–72 (2015).

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