Secondary school students' use of computers at home

British Journal of Educational Technology (Impact Factor: 1.54). 09/1999; 30(4):331 - 339. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8535.00123


This article presents the results from a survey of students in Year 9 in secondary schools in England (ie, aged about 14 years) which investigated access to computers at home, frequency and duration of use, the applications used and students' reasons for using a computer at home. Responses showed that the majority of students had access to a computer, although few had one for their sole use. The most widely used applications were games/adventures and word processors. There were significant gender differences in access to computers at home, frequency of using computers and the applications that students spent most time using.

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    • "What are the effects of gender and SES on home ICT access, use and usage as well as parenting practices? In contrast to previous research on gender difference (Selwyn, 1998; Harris, 1999; Moghaddam, 2010), it is perhaps not surprising that no gender difference was observed in access and use. This study does not claim to be able to make a conclusion since gender gap in computing is a complex problem which requires a great deal of further research. "

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    • "The impact and use of ICT in the home, in relation to school/university use, has been investigated at primary (e.g., Mumtaz, 2001), secondary (e.g., Harris, 1999) and university (e.g., van Braak, 2004) level. For example, it was found that 16–19-year-old students using computers at home had significantly more positive attitudes towards using computers (Selwyn, 1998), while 77% of 14-year-old students had access to a personal computer at home which they used several times a week (Harris, 1999). Access to and use of a computer at home resulted in higher self-efficacy among university students (van Braak, 2004). "
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    • "Table 1 illustrates the point, by showing how rather than solely students' socioeconomic profile, it is gender, and also to an extent a combination of gender and lower socio-economic status, which appears to impact on lower levels of use. It has been noted in a number of studies that girls do indeed have lower levels of use and access to technologies than boys, both in and out of school (Harding, 1997; Harris, 1999; McNamee, 1998; Roe and Muijis, 1998). This inequality is probably most visible in girls' and women's continuing under-representation in technology subjects and workplaces (Carter and Kirkup, 1990; Greenfield, 144 Sociology Volume 42 ■ "
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