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Voicing Silenced Voices: School Non-Attendance Virtual Online Community in Japan
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, Department of Design and Innovation, Open University, United Kingdom

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper is a report on the findings of a study conducted on Japanese school-age children who do not or cannot attend school without having legitimate grounds for such non-attendance - legitimate grounds as defined by official agencies, such as chronic illness and certain kinds of family problems (school non-attendance). A distinctive contribution of this research is that it focuses closely on the investigation of the use of the Internet in relation to school non-attendance. Ethnographic approach was applied for the data collection. The data was analyzed employing grounded theory. The findings indicate that the Internet has provided support, a sense of community, and, subsequently, a sense of empowerment for members of this stigmatized school non-attendance population.

Citation

Eguchi, A. (2006). Voicing Silenced Voices: School Non-Attendance Virtual Online Community in Japan. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1920-1927). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 19, 2019 from .

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