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Digital Divisions: How Schools Create Inequality in the Tech Era

Matthew H. Rafalow

Abstract

Education researchers struggle with the fact that students arrive at school already shaped by their unequal childhoods. Would we see greater gains among less privileged students if they had a more level playing field? Matthew Rafalow’s Digital Divisions: How Schools Create Inequality in the Tech Era answers this question by studying digital technology use at three middle schools. In the contemporary moment, kids’ digital skills appear in the form of their digital play with peers, like through social media use, video gaming, and creating online media. Drawing on six hundred hours of observation ... More

Keywords: education technology, digital technology, teaching, social media, video games, inequality, race and racism, social class and classism, digital play, youth culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226726557
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226726724.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew H. Rafalow, author
University of California, Berkeley