Cultural differences in ICT attitudes in secondary school students
Martin Graff, Morena Lebens, University of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Concerns have been raised with respect to the possibility that the implementation of ICT within classrooms creates a digital divide between children from different ethnic backgrounds in the learning gains that can be derived from ICT (Beazley and Smith, 1999; Natriella, 2001 ). It has been criticised that previous research predominantly explained the digital divide in terms of a lack of access while cultural differences in ICT acceptance of have been neglected.Thus, the present study researches ICT attitudes in lower secondary schools, using the revised Computer Attitude Scale for Secondary Students (CASS).The results suggest that immigrant students see computers as significantly more important compared to native students but also as more difficult to get along with.Possible explanations and their implications will be considered.
Graff, M. & Lebens, M. (2008). Cultural differences in ICT attitudes in secondary school students. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1656-1667). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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