Exploration of Newcomers' Access to Internet Literacy
Catrina Ascenuik, University of Ottawa , Canada
University of Ottawa . Awarded
The purpose of this study was two fold: (1) to examine how the distribution of resources within and outside an Enhanced Language Training Program (ELT) affected a group of newcomers' access to Internet literacy development; and (2) to discuss ensuing pedagogical and curricular implications for the ELT Program.
The relationship between the distribution of resources and a group of newcomers' access to Internet literacy development was studied through a hybrid of two frameworks: van Dijk's (2005) digital divide and Warschauer's (2004) social inclusion.
The key findings were that the distribution of resources affected access four ways: (1) resources affected multiple types of access, (2) the effect of resource distribution on access was both cumulative and successive, (3) distribution of resources could either facilitate or impede access, and (4) Internet literacy development could potentially increase or decrease the resources. The findings resulted in implications for the ELT program and teaching. 1
1The immigration centre where this research was conducted, requested that their organization name be published in this thesis, along with the city where this centre is located. The name of the teacher and students are kept anonymous using pseudonyms. The University of Ottawa Faculty of Education and Ethics Board approved the terms of this research.
Ascenuik, C. Exploration of Newcomers' Access to Internet Literacy. Master's thesis, University of Ottawa.
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