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Computers in education: The dilemmas of equity and access

Willis, S. (1987) Computers in education: The dilemmas of equity and access. The Australian Educational Researcher, 14 (2). pp. 27-52.

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These are some of the issues schools, education systems, and governments must address if they are serious about equity. As was suggested earlier, the dilemma for schools is that, regardless of whether they consider certain kinds of computing experiences to be educationally valuable and cost effective, given public perceptions of the value of the experiences, to deny them to certain students may increase their disadvantage. And yet, if schools don’t take a critical stance to these developments they are unlikely to be in a position to help students, firstly, to understand the ways in which they are being pushed to consume and to possess and, secondly, to be sufficiently aware of the possible deliterious effects of technology, especially for some groups in the community, to be able to put pressure on those who currently control the technology to use it in the most humane and equitable way.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Springer Verlag
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