Access, attitudes and the digital divide: children's attitudes towards computers in a technology - rich environment

Peter Mayer, Martin Graff, M Lebens

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Abstract

Given that children in Germany with a lower socio-economic status (SES) are over-represented at general secondary schools, the present study aimed to examine the impact of children's SES on attitudes towards computers. The results suggest that compared to average SES students, children from deprived socio-economic backgrounds perceive the computer as important but remain generally more cautious towards computers, despite being exposed to a “technologically rich environment”, where computer-based instruction is part of the curriculum and ensures frequent access to high quality ICT devices. The findings add further support to the notion that the mere provision of ICT access is not sufficient to close the digital divide. Rather, the extent of support that low SES children receive from their social network and prevailing stereotypes with respect to ICT proficiency, seem to be salient variables which require further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255 - 266
Number of pages11
JournalEducational Media International
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009

Keywords

  • computer attitudes
  • digital divide
  • socio-economic status

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