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Title: Degrees of Digital Division: Reconsidering Digital Inequalities and Contemporary Higher Education
Author: Selwyn, Neil
Keywords: digital inequality
ICT use
higher education
digital divide
Issue Date: 13-Jan-2010
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Citation: Selwyn, Neil (2010). "Degrees of Digital Division: Reconsidering Digital Inequalities and Contemporary Higher Education". RUSC. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento, 2010, Vol. 7, num 1
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.
Description: Peer reviewed
Language: English
ISSN: 1698-580X
Appears in Collections:2010, vol. 7, n. 1

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