Access to Information and Communication Technology Inside and Outside the Home: Effects on Youth

By:
Dr. Victor Thiessen,
Dianne Looker
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This paper addresses the following questions:

• How ubiquitous is Information and Communication Technology (ICT) access in Canadian high schools and in the homes of these students and what are their patterns of ICT use?

• How important is the Internet to overall ICT use?

• What effect do individual and school level variables have on ICT use? Specifically what are the effects of gender, home access to ICT, and parental socio-economic status? At the school level what are the effects of school location, school size and school investment in ICT on student ICT use? Analyses of Canadian data from the Youth in Transition Survey/Programme for International Student Assessment (a nationally representative data set with restricted access, available only through the secure Regional Data Centres) allow us to answer these questions. This survey of over 28,000 15-year-old students in over 1,000 schools has a sampling design in which students are nested within schools. These analyses allow us to address both some important theoretical issues about how technology is used in different contexts as well as more practical and policy oriented issues of how schools can use technology most effectively.


Keywords: Information and Communication Technology, Internet Use, Youth, School Effects, Gender, Socio-Economic Status
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Victor Thiessen

Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Canada


Dianne Looker

Professor, Sociology, Acadia University


Ref: T05P0193