Increasing Computer and Internet Access for Economically-Disadvantaged Families
Stephen Davis, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, United States ; Lauren Yadley, Deborah Best, Richard King, Wake Forest University, United States ; Sonja Murray, Habitat for Humanity, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-48-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The organization Habitat for Humanity has become synonymous with efforts to lessen the division between upper and lower economic groups by providing decent, affordable housing. This paper describes an ongoing project which uses the Habitat venue, supported by a number of technology companies and a research university, to place computers and Internet access in the homes of the economically disadvantaged. Computers with Internet access have been placed in the homes of 116 (with an eventual goal of 200 homes) Habitat for Humanity families with a median income of $22,000. In a two-year longitudinal design, parents and children are assessed on previous and current computer usage, attitudes and anxiety towards technology, computer effects on social behavior, measures of psychological well-being, family interactions, job satisfaction, and school performance. Baseline, two-month post computer installation, and six-month assessments will be presented.
Davis, S., Yadley, L., Best, D., King, R. & Murray, S. (2003). Increasing Computer and Internet Access for Economically-Disadvantaged Families. In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2003--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3204-3205). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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