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This paper aims to present how the topic of digital technology has been discussed in the field of sciences, especially education. At first, presents 10 theoretical categories dedicated to the study of education in interface with digital technology, extracted from the systematic review of, approximately, 2,300 scientific papers collected in two portals: CAPES and ERIC. Following, the paper presents a topical research carried out in the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Rome La Sapienza, in particular on the Sostenibilia Research Center which integrates transdisciplinary research in the interface of social sciences, digital technologies, education and sustainability. In the scope of the research, Professors and Researchers were interviewed about which categories they identify as the main trend of study about digital technologies. After selecting the category of “The Study of Technology as a New Paradigm of Post-Modern Societies” two groups of possible answers were elaborated: the first one about why that category was chosen; and the second about what are the challenges in the study of digital technologies in the field of humanities. We offer some discussion and remarks about the characteristics of digital technologies’ study among Education and Social Sciences’ field underlighting the role of Open Educational Resources (OER) to consider a new paradigm for educational technology. Nevertheless, we present the concept of OER that connects education, its diverse skills and digital technologies.


Transliteracy Social Sciences Humanities Sostenibilia International Research Centre Digital Technology Social Change

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Beatrice Bonami, University College London / University of São Paulo

Beatrice Bonami is a Brazilian Research Specialist in Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and Transliteracy. Ph.D. Student in Communication Sciences by the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and Visiting Researcher at the University College London – Institute of Education/Knowledge Lab (United Kingdom). Currently UNESCO-GAPMIL Youth Ambassador for Latin American Countries.

Mariella Nocenzi, University of Rome La Sapienza

PhD. in “Sociology of culture and political processes”, is Assistant editor of the International Review of Sociology and Scientific coordinator of Sostenibilia – International Observatory of social theory on the new technologies and the sustainability. Professor of “Social policies for the cooperation" at Sapienza University of Rome, she is a founding member of the Scientific Council of the Gender Interuniversity Observatory for Gender and Equal Opportunity (GIO).

Brasilina Passarelli, University of São Paulo

Scientific Coordinator of the School of the Future Research Laboratory - USP, Full Professor at ECA – USP. Vice-Dean of School of Communication and Arts at the University of São Paulo. Vice-President of USP Agency for Scientific Scholarly Communication.  Developed her Post-Doctoral studies at University Carlos III, Madrid - Spain. Her Master and Doctoral degree in Communications Science were obtained at ECA-USP, with an internship of 6 months at Michigan State University - East Lansing - MI.

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Bonami, B., Nocenzi, M., & Passarelli, B. (2020). Qualitative Analysis of Digital Technology Studies in the Field of Social and Human Sciences. Journal of E-Learning and Knowledge Society, 16(3), 50-59.


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