Information and communication technologies usage by students in an Israeli High School: Equity, gender, and inside/outside school learning issues

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Abstract

This study describes and analyses a survey that was conducted with 384 students from grades 7-12 in a typical urban High School in Israel. The students reported on the extent and characteristics of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) usage within and beyond school time and location. Its focus is on (a) equity issues regarding the extent, purposes and scope of ICT usage and students self perception in ICT proficiency; (b) gender and age differences in ICT use; and (c) relationship between inside/outside school learning processes. The findings show that 10% of the students are non-users of ICT, two thirds are common-users and only 25% are skilled users. About half of the students use the Internet to some extent. Major Gender differences were found: in general, more boys used ICT more extensively than girls did. Differences among age groups were found mainly with respect to the use of complex applications, but not regarding Internet usage. These results are discussed in the light of the three focal issues: equity, gender, and integration of learning processes taking place within and outside school.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalEducation and Information Technologies
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Beyond school
  • Equity
  • Gender
  • Internet use
  • Secondary pupils

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