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Building equitable literate futures : home and school computer-mediated literacy practices and disadvantage

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posted on 2002-11-01, 00:00 authored by I Snyder, L Angus, Wendy Sutherland-SmithWendy Sutherland-Smith
This article examines the complex connections between literacy practices, the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and disadvantage. It reports the findings of a year-long study which investigated the ways in which four families use ICTs to engage with formal and informal literacy learning in home and school settings. The research set out to explore what it is about computer-mediated literacy practices at home and at school in disadvantaged communities that makes a difference in school success. The findings demonstrate that the 'socialisation' of the technology--its appropriation into existing family norms, values and lifestyles--varied from family to family. Having access to ICTs at home was not sufficient for the young people and their families to overcome the so-called 'digital divide'. The article concludes that old inequalities have not disappeared, but are playing out in new ways in the context of the networked society.

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Journal

Cambridge journal of education

Volume

32

Pagination

367-383

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

0305-764X

eISSN

1469-3577

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, Taylor & Francis

Issue

3

Publisher

Routledge

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