The influence of school and home cultural factors on the educational use of information and communication technology: A case study in Hong Kong

Miaoting CHENG, Jae Hyung PARK, H. K. Allan YUEN

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Abstract

The influence of school or family on students’ development is widely recognized as essential. Cultural factors which affect students’ use of information and communication technology (ICT) need to be further explored. This research on digital divide analyzed the interview data from principals, teachers, and students from two Hong Kong junior secondary schools. The main findings suggest that cultural divide at school and home can significantly affect the phenomenon of digital divide in education. The cultural factors in school most associated with high ICT usage were the school principals’ culture and values regarding ICT. Parental values, such as demanding but harmonious parent-child relationship, were the most influential home cultural factors. The results of the study suggest that the phenomenon of digital divide could be eased by previously overlooked gaps in school and family culture. Some suggestions and limitations were also provided in the conclusion. Copyright © 2015 Journal of Communication and Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-20
JournalJournal of Communication and Education
Volume2
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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cultural factors
Hong Kong
digital divide
communication technology
information technology
school
parent-child relationship
student
high technology
Values
principal
secondary school
teacher
interview
education

Citation

Cheng, M., Park, J., & Yuen, A. H. K. (2015). The influence of school and home cultural factors on the educational use of information and communication technology: A case study in Hong Kong. Journal of Communication and Education, 2(1), 12-20.

Keywords

  • Parental culture
  • School culture
  • ICT use
  • Digital divide
  • Hong Kong