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Beyond the digital divide in Canadian schools: From access to competency in the use of information technology

TitleBeyond the digital divide in Canadian schools: From access to competency in the use of information technology
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsE. Looker, D., and Thiessen V.
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Volume21
Pages475 - 490
Date PublishedNovember
Keywordsacademic achievement and educational aspirations, canadian youth, computer access, computer use, digital divide, educational technology, gender, information technology, rural, schools, socioeconomic status
Abstract

This article provides a descriptive analysis of issues related to the access and use of information and communication technology (ICT) among Canadian youth. In particular, it examines the extent to which inequities in the use of and access to ICT exist among Canadian high school students based on gender, socioeconomic status, and rural-urban location. The analyses suggest that there is a digital divide for Canadian youth in access to and experience with ICT. Rural youth are less likely to have access to computers in the home; however, frequency of use and perceived competency levels are not compromised because they make greater use of computers at school. Female youth and those from families with low levels of parental education are also less likely to have access to computers in their homes; they tend to access computers less frequently and report lower levels of computer skills competency.

URLhttp://resolver.scholarsportal.info/resolve/08944393/v21i0004/475_btddics
DOI10.1177/0894439303256536
Document URLhttp://journals1.scholarsportal.info/pdf/08944393/v21i0004/475_btddics.xml