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Considering Dimensions of the Digital Divide

Considering Dimensions of the Digital Divide
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Author(s): Thomas A. Lucey (Illinois State University, USA) and Michael Grant (University of Memphis, USA)
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 15
Source title: Handbook of Research on Instructional Systems and Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Terry T. Kidd (Texas A&M University, USA) and Holim Song (Texas Southern University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-865-9.ch061

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Abstract

The Digital Divide refers to the social challenges of inequitable technology distribution and access. Educators must recognize that the digital divide extends beyond the ideas of physical allocation of computers and networks. The purpose of this chapter is to examine more closely the social, cultural and educational dimensions of the digital divide. The social dimension of the divide is considered with regard to societal access of public information and the Internet. An examination of cultural implications follows, highlighting ethnicity and gender issues. Educational dimensions examine literacies and online content, home computer use, school computer use and teacher readiness before presentation of recommendations for addressing these dimensions.

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