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

Miao Ting CHENG, Jae Hyung PARK, Allan Hoi Kau 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 © 2014 Hong Kong Association of Educational Communications and Technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunication and education: New media, knowledge practices and multiliteracies: HKAECT 2014 International Conference: Conference proceedings
EditorsAlex Chi-keung CHAN , Albert Kwai-ming CHAN , Wendy Wing-lam CHAN , Mike Hin-leung CHUI , Rose Cheuk-wai FONG , Heidi Ngan-ho FUNG , Vincent Hing-keung HUNG , Kar-wai TONG
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherThe Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology
Pages31-42
ISBN (Print)9789881392305
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Citation

Cheng, M., Park, J., & Yuen, A. H. K. (2014). The influence of school and home cultural factors on the educational use of information and communication technology: A case study in Hong Kong. In C.-k. A. Chan, K.-m. A. Chan, W.-l. W. Chan, H.-l. M. Chui, C.-w. R. Fong, N.-h. H. Fung, et al. (Eds.), Communication and education: New media, knowledge practices and multiliteracies: HKAECT 2014 International Conference: Conference proceedings (pp. 31-42). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Keywords

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

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