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ERIC Number: EJ930390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1547-9714
Digital Bridge or Digital Divide? A Case Study Review of the Implementation of the "Computers for Pupils Programme" in a Birmingham Secondary School
Morris, Jonathan Padraig
Journal of Information Technology Education, v10 pIIP 17-IIP 31 2011
Attempts to bridge the Digital Divide have seen vast investment in Information Communication Technology in schools. In the United Kingdom, the Computers for Pupils initiative has invested 60 million British Pounds of funds to help some of the most disadvantaged secondary school pupils by putting a computer in their home. This paper charts and evaluates the implementation of the Computers for Pupils programme and its extension, the Universal Home Access programme, in a Birmingham secondary school. This case study employs a complementary mixed-method approach--the questionnaire method with a year 9 cohort of pupils and interviews with their ICT teachers. Findings from this research, which are divided into four themes--laptop use and support, provision of connectivity, decisions on software and hardware, and technical support and repair--found several issues with the implementation of the programme. As a consequence, several recommendations for improvement are offered, all aimed at the more effective implementation of the national Home Access programme, which has recently begun its implementation across England.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom