Sociology REPORT Digital Divide

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In the modern information age we often make assumptions about the level of access that people have to Information Technologies and ICTs. However, I feel that this assumption is severely flawed and fails to take into consideration the needs of the economically disadvantaged.

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Title: Effect of the Digital Divide in a University Campus.Author: William KennedyStudent ID: 0726885Word Count (Not inc Appendices): 2000Introduction:In the modern information age we often make assumptions about the level of access that people have to Information Technologies and ICTs. However, I feel that this assumption is severely flawed and fails to take into consideration the needs of the economically disadvantaged. Are those not trained to use such technologies at a disadvantage in the modern University campus? The purpose of this study is to gauge the ICT literacy of the modern university student (in the University of Limerick) and to discuss any correlations which may arise between a students economic status, access to information technologies and effect on grades.Literature Review:There is quite a large body of work in relation to the Digital Divide, and I also found a number of reports which dealt with it directly in relation to College/Universities (Bisto, 2000). Bisto found that the ability of a student to find, manage and evaluate various sources of information are vital for academic success in the modern age, and so often now the Internet is the best source. However, studies have shown that there is still a huge gap between those who have access to information technologies (and the skills to use them), and those that dont. This is known as the Digital Divide (Lentz, B., Straubhaar, J., LaPastina, A., Main, S., & Taylor, J. (2000). In

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