DIGITAL COMPETENCES IN EDUCATION: A DISCUSSION OF THE CONCEPT

ABSTRACT: This article provides a systematic review of the concept of Digital Competences (DC) in Education. Three databases were used: Capes Thesis and Dissertation Database, Capes Journal Database, and Google Scholar using the keywords Digital Competences, Digital Competence (in Portuguese) and Digital Competence (in English). Publications from 1997 to 2017 were used, excluding repetitive texts. Of the 487 total publications found, 40 were analyzed based their relation to the area and general interest. The importance of understanding the concept of DC was verified. In fact, technological complexity has given rise to different needs. Thus, it was necessary to trace the history of related terms, such as Computational Literacy, Informational Literacy, Media Literacy and Digital Literacy. The majority of the authors treated digital competences as a set of elements, comprised of knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs), necessary for the subject to be able to use the technologies.