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Exploring How Parents in Economically Depressed Communities Access Learning Resources

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This qualitative study of parents in financially depressed communities in westside Atlanta examines parents' access to information technology and out-of-school learning resources through five dimensions of digital divide: technical apparatus, autonomy, social support, skill, and purpose. The context of this study is a broader research agenda to explore how technology impacts parents' knowledge and use of out-of-school learning resources for their children in low socioeconomic status neighborhoods. The findings contribute to a growing body of research on marginalized groups and provide a rich description of parents' digital access and technology practices in the context of education. Finally, we identify design implications that are specific to this community and can be extended to similar populations to support parents in finding more learning opportunities.


Khanipour Roshan, Parisa; Jacobs, Maia; Dye, Michaelanne; DiSalvo, Betsy (2014): Exploring How Parents in Economically Depressed Communities Access Learning Resources. Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/2660398.2660415. Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 131–141. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA