ERIC Number: ED316218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Equity Issues in Educational Computer Use.
This paper focuses on gender, ethnic, and social class differences in attitudes toward computers, access to computers, and use of computers in educational settings. Background on equity concerns in the late 1980s is provided, and reasons why this is currently considered an important issue are discussed. Recent data on differences in access and type of use for children of different ethnic origins, social class backgrounds, and gender are presented. Research on the consequences of these inequities is also considered. The following intervention programs and strategies that educators can use to alleviate inequities in educational computer use are summarized: (1) awareness of equity issues; (2) equitable access and distribution of resources among schools, within schools, and within classrooms; (3) monitoring of the type of computer use of different groups; (4) selection of unbiased classroom materials; (5) use of minority and role model panels; (6) cooperative learning environments; and (7) use of the Logo programing language. (52 references) (MES)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the New Zealand Computers in Education Society (New Plymouth, New Zealand, September 1989).