Accelerated literacy and information literacy can be achieved through access to new technologies

Rahanu, Harjinder ORCID logoORCID:, Georgiadou, Elli, Ross, Margaret and Khan, Nawaz (2015) Accelerated literacy and information literacy can be achieved through access to new technologies. INSPIRE XX: Outlook on Computing Education. In: The BCS Quality Specialist Group's 20th INSPIRE: International Conference for Process Improvement, Research and Education, 30-31 Mar 2015, Loughborough, United Kingdom. ISBN 9780992695873. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Although it is recognised that Accelerated Literacy and Information Literacy can help disadvantaged groups in both the developed and developing worlds improve their opportunities for developing their intellectual potential, there are a number of ethical issues that are invoked including equity and access. What came to be known as the Digital Divide is widening. The gap between the information haves and have-nots is widening. Digital exclusion, which has been noted even among different social groups in advanced economies, presents a huge challenge to international agencies, governments, scientists and educators.

In this paper we report on case studies and initiatives from the Information Literacy movement that are utilising the rapid advancement and accessibility of leapfrogging technologies, in the last 10 years, in order to address the ethical issue of equity and access in Accelerated Literacy and Information Literacy in both the developed and the developing country/nations. We conclude with suggestions for broadening efforts to address access to and use of technologies together with social policies for nurturing technological citizenship, and for fostering social mobility for disadvantaged groups worldwide.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
Item ID: 19245
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Depositing User: Harjinder Rahanu
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 14:18
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 22:51

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