ERIC Number: EJ1023865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
What It Has or What It Does Not Have? Signposts from US Data for Rural Children's Digital Access to Informal Learning
Mardis, Marcia A.
Learning, Media and Technology, v38 n4 p387-406 2013
A fifth of US children live in rural areas with limited access to the informal learning opportunities available to their metropolitan counterparts. High-speed broadband internet access can be an important vehicle for delivering opportunities at home and outside of the classroom. In an attempt to explore what current data say about children's broadband access, the researcher examined recent data sets from two federal agencies. Results suggested that rural homes with children tended to have access to broadband but when they do not, cost and availability were barriers. Schools also tended to be sites of access that met the speeds required for current learning imperatives. Results are only suggestive; data sets reflect small samples not drawn from the same time or population. More precise and interoperable data must be collected for researchers and policy-makers to document the complementary roles of home and informal learning spaces in schools supported by broadband.
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Internet, Information Technology, Information Networks, Informal Education, Rural Areas, Comparative Analysis, Rural Urban Differences, Data, Children, Handheld Devices, National Surveys, Rural Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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