The Digital Divide: Issues, Recommendations and Research


Craig S. Landers (Editor)

Series: Internet Theory, Technology and Applications
BISAC: COM079010

The emergence of the Internet as a world wide web in the late 1990s made access to information and knowledge significantly easier. Soon after the Internet started reaching the masses, concerns about its unequal distribution appeared. The digital divide that is manifested in access and usage differences between individuals, groups, regions and even countries is created between those who have access to information and communication technologies and know how to utilize them, and those who do not. Empirical studies supply strong evidence that many of those who are digitally excluded are also socially excluded, i.e., digital inequality is strongly related to economic and social stratification. Specifically, empirical studies have examined the digital divide as reflected in gaps in digital access, digital literacy, digital competence, digital, Internet and computer skills, attitudes towards computer and Internet and digital uses between different population groups. This book further reviews the issues, recommendations and new research on the digital divide. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. E-Learning in Higher Education: The Digital Divide and Culture
Janet Reilly, Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Cheryl Killion (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, Green Bay, WI, USA, and others)

Chapter 2. Withering Opportunity: Technology Implementation in K-12 Schools, the Opportunity Gap and the Evolving Digital Divide
Jennifer Dolan (Curriculum and Instruction, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA)

Chapter 3. Do Levels of Social Competence Influence the Perception of Social Affordances among Students with Low Levels of Education? An Exploratory Case Study of the Relationship between Offline and Online Socializing Factors
P.B.F. (Paulo) Moekotte, F.L.J.M.(Saskia) Brand-Gruwel, H.T.M. (Henk) Ritzen, and Paulo Moekotte (Regional College for Vocational Education and Training of Twente, Open University of the Netherlands, and others)

Chapter 4. Impacting the Digital Divide on a Global Scale: Case Studies of Mobile Technology Integration in Schools around the World
Savilla I Banister (School of Teaching & Learning, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA)

Chapter 5. The Digital Divide: In Search of the Positive Sides of Techno-Dependence on Smartphones
Vilmante Liubiniene (Department of Modern Languages and Intercultural Communication, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania)

Chapter 6. Digital Capital as a Mobility Channel for Ethnic Minorities
Sabina Lissitsa, Svetlana Chachashvili-Bolotin and Ya’arit Bokek-Cohen (School of Communication, Ariel University, Ariel, Israel, and others)

Chapter 7. Globalization and Self-Reliance: Integrating Africa into the Global Information Space
Konstantin A. Pantserev (Saint Petersburg State University, School of International Relations, Saint Petersburg, Russia)


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