The Digital Divide and Student Access Research Proposal by Nicky

The Digital Divide and Student Access
Presents a research proposal to study the effects that the digital divide has on the accessibility of student to digital resources and educational opportunities.
# 148681 | 3,540 words | 11 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper explains that, although most researchers and educationalists mistakenly consider literacy and technical proficiency not to be related, in reality, a person must posses both skills to work efficiently and to achieve success in life. Next, the author looks at the literature that suggests the existence of a digital divide in the schools in lower social and economic areas, which limits the development of their students' technological and Internet skills. The paper describes a qualitative phenomenological research design using interviews and electronic surveys of African-American college students to gain more insight into how they may have been affected by this digital divide.

Table of Contents:
Context of the Problem
Effectiveness of Digital Technology
Statement of the Problem
Research Questions
Significance of the Study
Research Design and Methodology
Organization of the Study

From the Paper:

"The first thing that one notices is that most of the finance and funds donated by the state governments, parent and/or other agencies, have been invested in the purchase of computers and other technologies within the field of education and hence has increased the use and dependence on Internet over the past ten years as well in the United States alone. A rough estimate of student accessibility to computers is that nearly 95% of the public schools utilize computers, although this figure also includes public school where computers are used solely for administrative purposes as well. However, another report showed that 75% of the total public schools in the U.S. have a computer setup for utilization as a medium of instruction."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bartley, S. J., & Golek, J. H. (2004). Evaluating the cost effectiveness of online and face-to-face instruction. Educational Technology and Society, 7(4), 167-175.
  • Appelman, Robert. (2005). Designing Experiential Modes: A Key Focus for Immersive Learning Environments. TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning. 49(3), 64-74.
  • Castells, M. (2001). The Internet galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, business, and society. Oxford, oxford University Press.
  • Coffman, T. (2007). Utilizing virtual worlds in education: the implications for practice. International Journal of Social Sciences, 2(1), 29-33.
  • Feller, B. (2006, September 5). Digital divide still separates White and minority students. USA Today, Retrieved July 21, 2007, from

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

The Digital Divide and Student Access (2011, October 29) Retrieved February 07, 2023, from

MLA Format

"The Digital Divide and Student Access" 29 October 2011. Web. 07 February. 2023. <>