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The Digital Divide: Differences in Computer Use between Home and School in Low Socio-economic Households

Sutherland-Smith, Wendy, Snyder, Ilana and Angus, Lawrence 2003, The Digital Divide: Differences in Computer Use between Home and School in Low Socio-economic Households, L1 educational studies in language and literature, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 5-19, doi: 10.1023/A:1024523503078.

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Title The Digital Divide: Differences in Computer Use between Home and School in Low Socio-economic Households
Author(s) Sutherland-Smith, WendyORCID iD for Sutherland-Smith, Wendy orcid.org/0000-0003-4589-9323
Snyder, Ilana
Angus, Lawrence
Journal name L1 educational studies in language and literature
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 19
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2003-01
ISSN 1567-6617
1573-1731
Keyword(s) Cultural capital
digital divide
disadvantage
family attitudes
home ICT use
Summary This article examines information and communication technologies(ICTs) practices in the home and school settings of four disadvantaged families. It reports the findings of a year-long study that investigated the nexus between computer-mediated literacy practices at home and at school and whether this inter-connectivity could make a difference in school success. The findings indicate that there was disjunction between home and school use. The ``digital divide'' exists for the families of this study, not in terms of access but in the gap between ICT practices at home and school. Schools in this study did not integrate ICT skills learned and demonstratedin the home environment into ICT practices at school. The study concludes that constructing pedagogical connections between home and school ICT practices may begin to bridge the ``digital divide''.
Language eng
DOI 10.1023/A:1024523503078
Field of Research 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Kluwer Academic Publishers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002061

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