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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