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lCT and educational (dis) advantage: families, computers and contemporary social and educational inequalities

Angus, Lawrence, Snyder, Ilana and Sutherland-Smith, Wendy 2004, lCT and educational (dis) advantage: families, computers and contemporary social and educational inequalities, British journal of sociology of education, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 3-18, doi: 10.1080/0142569032000155908.

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Title lCT and educational (dis) advantage: families, computers and contemporary social and educational inequalities
Author(s) Angus, Lawrence
Snyder, Ilana
Sutherland-Smith, WendyORCID iD for Sutherland-Smith, Wendy orcid.org/0000-0003-4589-9323
Journal name British journal of sociology of education
Volume number 25
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2004-02
ISSN 0142-5692
1465-3346
Summary Because access to new technologies is unequally distributed, there has been considerable debate about the growing gap between the so-called information-rich and information-poor. Such concerns have led to high-profile information technology policy initiatives in many countries. In Australia, in an attempt to 'redress the balance between the information rich and poor' by providing 'equal access to the World Wide Web' (Virtual Communities, 2002), the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Virtual Communities (a computer/software distributor) and Primus (an Internet provider) in late 1999 formed an alliance to offer relatively inexpensive computer and Internet access to union members in order to make 'technology affordable for all Australians' (Virtual Communities, 2002). In this paper, we examine four families, one of which had long-term Information and Communication Technologies (lCT) access, and three of which took advantage of the Virtual Communities offer to get home computer and Internet access for the first time. We examine their engagement with lCT and suggest that previously disadvantaged family members are not particularly advantaged by their access to lCT.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0142569032000155908
Field of Research 160809 Sociology of Education
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis Ltd
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