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Is the Internet creating a ‘learning gap’ among students? Evidence from the Italian PISA data

TitleIs the Internet creating a ‘learning gap’ among students? Evidence from the Italian PISA data
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGui M, Micheli M, Fiore B
Secondary TitleITALIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
Volume6
Issue1
Pagination1-24
Date Published02/2014
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2035-4983
Keywordsdigital divide, digital inequality, Internet use, learning outcomes, OECD-PISA data
Abstract

The notion of a digital divide between Internet haves and have-nots has now evolved into the broader concept of digital inequality. Based on this framework, people get greater or fewer opportunities from Internet use according to their cultural, social and professional resources. However, empirical research has focused mainly on the description of Internet usage between different social groups, without testing whether these differences actually translate into social inequalities. In this study we use learning outcomes as a proxy for high-school students’ future social opportunities. Using the Italian dataset of the PISA 2009 survey we test whether students from advantaged social backgrounds gain more benefits from Internet use than their less privileged counterparts. The results show that using the Internet for schoolwork does not prove to have different impacts on students’ learning outcomes depending on their social background. The challenges of these results for theories of digital inequality are discussed.

URLhttp://ijse.padovauniversitypress.it/2014/1/1
DOI10.14658/pupj-ijse-2014-1-1
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