digital competence, teachers, TDC, teacher training, science mapping, bibliometric analysis


With the Online Emergency Remote Teaching (OERT) practices emerged during the outbreak of the pandemic, teachers’ digital competence (TDC) has gained growing attention in educational ICT research realm. In view of this context, the present review study aimed at illuminating the current state of TDCs literature by identifying the volume, growth trajectory, geographical distribution of TDC research. It also aimed at mapping highly influential TDC scholars, documents, and journals. Retrieved from the educational research category in the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (WoS) core collection database, the metadata of 406 articles were analyzed by employing bibliometric performance and science mapping techniques in VOSwiever 1.6. The timeframe for the study was the last two decades (from 2002 to 2021). Findings illustrated that there has been a growing increase in the number of studies focusing on TDCs. This increase is more evident in the Covid-19 pandemic period, particularly in the last two years. More specifically, more than half of all studies were published in the years 2020 and 2021. Findings also illustrated that there is a dominance of Spanish scholars and organizations in TDC research since 2 out of every 3 studies were carried out by researchers affiliated to Spanish Universities. Additionally, co-citation analysis purported the intellectual structure of TDC knowledge base by identifying the most influential authors and documents. Finally, co-occurrence analysis revealed the concept analysis topical foci of TDC research. These topics are concentrated on “teachers’ digital competence”, “higher education studies”, teacher training programs”, and “ICT in education”. As a result, based on the findings of the study some recommendations were proposed that will contribute into the ICT research community by reflecting the intellectual structure of existing TDC research, thus highlighting the future research direction.


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Author Biographies

Mehmet Kemal Aydin, Hitit University

PhD, Assist. Prof. Dr., Distance Education Application and Research Centre

Turgut Yildirim, Hitit University

PhDc, Doctorant, Faculty of Sports Sciences


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How to Cite

Aydin, M. K., & Yildirim, T. (2022). TEACHERS’ DIGITAL COMPETENCE: BIBLIOMETRIC ANALYSIS OF THE PUBLICATIONS OF THE WEB OF SCIENCE SCIENTOMETRIC DATABASE. Information Technologies and Learning Tools, 91(5), 205–220. https://doi.org/10.33407/itlt.v91i5.5048



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