From digital divide to digital equity: learners

Show simple item record 2017-09-07 en 2020-02-19T13:35:46Z 2020-02-19T13:35:46Z 2017-09-07 en
dc.description.abstract This study explores factors influencing the digital divide in four schools in Cape Town, South Africa. Three of the schools are for disadvantaged learners whereas the fourth was previously for whites only. All the schools use ICT in their curriculum delivery and thereby support the emphasis of provincial educational authorities on ICT access for all learners and teachers. Seventh-grade learners (N = 290) as well as their class teachers and principals participated in the study which focused on factors inside and outside of school which affected learners' ICT competence, and hence the digital divide. Data were collected through interviews, observations and questionnaires. Learners' ICT competence was compared between and across schools in relation to gender, home access and home language in addition to support and training possibilities for the teachers. The main findings indicate that, despite substantial efforts by educational authorities to increase ICT access for learners and teachers in public schools in Cape Town, when learners' ICT competence is compared, digital equity has not been reached. In order to increase digital equity and decrease the digital divide, a renewed policy focus is needed which puts greater emphasis on addressing the severe inequalities of the learners within their school environment as well as outside of school, taking their home situation into consideration to a greater extent. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject DIGITAL DIVIDE en
dc.title From digital divide to digital equity: learners en
dc.type Journal articles - non-HSRC staff en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 6(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2010/11 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle International Journal of Education and Development using information and communication technology en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9919 en
dc.PageNumber 84-105 en
dc.outputnumber 8849 en
dc.bibliographictitle Gudmundsdottir, G.B. (2010) From digital divide to digital equity: learners. International Journal of Education and Development using information and communication technology. 6(2):84-105. en
dc.publicationyear 2010 en
dc.contributor.author1 Gudmundsdottir, G.B. en

Files in this item

Files Size Format View

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record