Can genealogical exploration of the past be conducive to the development of ICT competences?

Conclusions from the initial research of the Learning Tree project.


Aims. Apart from its numerous benefits, the development of the information society has also resulted in the digital exclusion of people who do not have the competence to use a computer and the Internet. This group is largely made up of older people. The European Union has taken a number of measures to reduce the digital divide, including the funding of ICT training programmes. The research which forms the basis for creating such training for seniors has focused on an analysis of various forms of genealogical activity on the Internet. The authors assumed that seniors are somehow predestined for genealogical activity, due to their age and experience. It was therefore decided to base the computer training programme on the development of genealogical interests.

Methods. The study identified and categorized various forms of genealogical activity on the Internet, and the research was based on "genealogy" records in the Google search engine. Explorations were carried out in four countries: Poland, Turkey, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 Results. As a result of the explorations, it was found that genealogical activity on the Internet falls into four basic categories: (1) sources of knowledge about genealogy, (2) tools for creating family trees, (3) presentation of the results of genealogical searches, (4) virtual genealogical communities. The last (5) category is of a commercial nature and includes genealogical accessories stores.

 Conclusion. Research conducted in the area of genealogical activity on the Internet leads to the conclusion that it may be an additional motivation for older people to undertake training in the field of ICT, which prompts further didactic and research directions. On the basis of the analysis, the implementation of the training programme in the Learning Tree project was designed and set in motion.

Author Biographies

Ewa Jurczyk-Romanowska, Department of Pedagogy, University of Wroclaw Dawida 1, 50-527 Wrocław, Poland

Ewa Jurczyk-Romanowska, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Institute of Pedagogy of the University of Wrocław as well as the initiator and head of the Research Team of the Investigators of Games and Innovation in Education – Edutainment, active at the Institute of Pedagogy of the University of Wrocław since 2013. She is a member of the Scientific Council of The Gerontoludic Society as well as the European Center for Science, Education and Research. She is also the chief scientific officer in two projects implemented as part of the ERASMUS plus KA2 strategic partnership competition: “Location-based games as a contemporary, original, and innovative method of seniors’ teaching and learning" (2017-1-PL01-KA204-038869, partner countries: Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, the United Kingdom) and "Learning Tree" (2017-1-TR01-KA204-045897 partner countries; Poland, Turkey, Italy).

Adnan Tufekčić, Department of Pedagogy, University of Tuzla Tihomila Markovića 1, 75000 Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Adnan Tufekčić holds a Ph.D. in Ethnopedagogy and is an associate professor for specific scientific area “Theoretical scientific pedagogical discipline“ at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a member of the Board for Pedagogy at the Academy of Science and Arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His areas of research interest are Ethnopedagogy and Pedagogical Anthropology. His research interests lies in study of the authentic traditional Bosnian society and culture related to the patterns of traditional upbrvinging, intra-family relations, ethnics values in the upbringing as well as transgenerational transmission of cultural values.

How to Cite
Jurczyk-Romanowska, E., & Tufekčić, A. (2019). Can genealogical exploration of the past be conducive to the development of ICT competences?. E-Methodology, 5(5), 132-159.
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