Investigating the "second digital divide" across European countries: social disparities on digital reading and navigation skills

This report investigates the “second digital divide” among 15-year-old students in 17 countries (15 EU countries plus Israel and Norway) and the individual and contextual factors influencing it. The empirical analyses point to the existence of pronounced gender, migration-background and social-background gaps in digital reading. This result comes as no big surprise, as these ascriptive characteristics are widely known to affect students’ learning and competences. The novel contribution of this study lies in the finding that the largest part of these digital reading gaps is due to differences in print reading skills. Hence, inequality in digital reading competences is strongly attributable to students’ development of standard competences and not to digital ones. 

Monitoring & Evaluation
Friday, January 1, 2016 (All day)
European Schoolnet
Davide Azzolini, Enrico Rettore, Antonio Schizzerotto
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