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DiCoSP study

DiCoSP digital framework

DiCoSP Ressources

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The research project ‘DICOSP – Digital Competence Framework for School Psychology Practice’ (3/2021-2/2023) received the Grant Award 2020/21 from the Scientific Society for School Psychology (SSSP) and the International Association of School Psychologists (ISPA). The project was coordinated by MyGatekeeper, a non-profit company in Hanover/Germany, which supports digital transformation in education, under the leadership of school psychologist Marianne Kant-Schaps, former Chair of the EFPA Standing Committee ‘Psychology in Education‘, and Prof. Dr. Christoph Steinebach, Director of the Department of Applied Psychology at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and current EFPA President.

The project aimed to

  • develop a comprehensive digital competence framework for the professional practice of school psychology in Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland as a compass for education and training as well as professional profiles.
  • make a contribution to the planning of School Psychologists’ professional digital related qualifications being relevant for the provision of high-quality services in the digital age.

Against the background of the  European framework for digital competence and required professional competence profiles in school psychology in AustriaBelgiumGermany, and Switzerland, this project identified by using a systematic literature review, two interviews with expert focus groups and an online questionnaire for school psychologists (N =282) the need of digital competence in school psychologists’ practice and their corresponding training needs as a basis for future digital competence acquisition.



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DiCoSP definition

“ DC in school psychology practice is a disposition to be able to act in digitally related professional situations in a self-organized, creative, critical, responsible, and goal-oriented manner based on individual resources – a set of personality traits, digitally related knowledge, skills, and attitudes – within an organizational structure.”

Two models are at the center of the framework
DiCoSP Architecture Model
DiCoSP Matrix
The basic idea of this framework is a three part – composition of digital competence in school psychology (example box in the matrix) with the taxonomy of knowledge, attitude, and skills:
  1. general school psychological competence in digitally related situations, classified in professional, methodological, social, and personal competence (PMSP), e.g. ‘SP are competent to assess digitally student’s math performance” (=”methodological competence/skills”);
  2. transversal professional digital competences, classified in four classes of information and data, communication, technological and media competence, e.g. ‘SP know of electronic tests to measure math abilities of fourth graders’ (= “media competence/knowledge”);
  3. transversal key competences being essential for work in the digital age, e.g. “SP have a critical understanding of standardized digital procedures to assess student’s performance” (=key competence “normative-ethical attitude”)


Project coordinator is MyGatekeeper, a non profit entrepreneurship in Germany, in person of M.Kant-Schaps as well as Prof. Dr. Ch. Steinebach, ZHAW (Swiss), and in cooperation with the company GEPEDU. The project was funded by the Grant Award 2021 of the research initiative of SSSP and ISPA.