Digital equity and students’ home computing: A Hong Kong study

Allan Hoi Kau YUEN, Wilfred Wing Fat LAU, Jae Hyung PARK, Kai Kwong Gervas LAU, Albert K. M. CHAN

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This study explores digital equity by examining gender and socioeconomic differences in students’ use of computers at home. It presents research findings of a territory-wide survey of 825 eighth-graders from 36 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Results of MANOVAs and ANOVAs indicate significant socioeconomic and gender effects on the home computing of students, including (1) socioeconomic difference in access and hours of computer use, learning-related use and parental mediation in guidance and (2) gender difference in learning-related use, and parental mediation in guidance and worry. No interaction effect was observed. The research provides empirical evidence that will stimulate discussion on issues regarding digital equity and students’ home computing. Copyright © 2016 Springer Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-518
JournalThe Asia-Pacific Education Researcher
Issue number4
Early online dateJan 2016
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016



Yuen, A. H. K., Lau, W. W. F., Park, J. H., Lau, G. K. K., & Chan, A. K. M. (2016). Digital equity and students’ home computing: A Hong Kong study. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 25(4), 509-518.


  • ICT in education
  • Home computing
  • Gender difference
  • Socioeconomic difference
  • Digital equity
  • Parental mediation