Home computing and digital equity in education: A Hong Kong story

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

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Abstract

This paper seeks to examine the gender and socioeconomic differences in students’ use of information and communication technology (ICT) at home. It presents research findings of a territory-wide survey of 826 eighth-graders from 36 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Results indicate that significant gender as well as socioeconomic effects on students’ home computing, in particular SES differences in access and use, learning-related usage, and parenting practices in encouragement, and gender differences in learning-related usage, and parenting practices in encouragement and worry. This raises the question of whether the digital inequity has been resolved at a time when education policy makers and schools have already committed to taking bold steps to extensively utilize ICT in education in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

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Hong Kong
communication technology
equity
socioeconomic effects
information technology
gender
learning
gender-specific factors
education
secondary school
student
school
time

Citation

Yuen, A. H. K., Lau, W. W. F., Park, J., Lau, G., & Chan, A. (2014, April). Home computing and digital equity in education: A Hong Kong story. Paper presented at the 2014 AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.