Degrees of digital division: reconsidering digital inequalities and contemporary higher education

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Abstract

Whilst many authors are now confident to dismiss the notion of the digital divide, this paper argues that inequalities in ICT use in contemporary higher education are of growing rather than diminishing importance. In particular, it argues that there is an urgent need for the higher education community to develop more sophisticated understandings of the nature of the digital divisions that exist within current cohorts of university students - not least inequalities of 'effective' use of ICT to access information and knowledge. With these thoughts in mind, the paper presents a review of recent research and theoretical work in the area of digital exclusion and the digital divide, and considers a number of reasons why digital exclusion remains a complex and entrenched social problem within populations of higher education students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages10
JournalRevista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Digital divide
  • Digital inequality
  • Higher education
  • ICT use

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