minorities use their home PCs for educational
reasons much more than white people, new research
by the Universities of Leeds and Warwick has
Ian Law, Tim Challis, David Wilkinson and
Mohammed Hussain carried out household interviews
and ran focus groups in Bradford and Leeds,
looking at peoples computer use and
access to computers. The study was part of
wider DfES-funded research into disadvantaged
neighbourhoods with findings analysed alongside
those gathered in London, Birmingham, Cardiff
Dr Law said: In both black and South
Asian households, buying a PC was seen as
essential for childrens education and
work-related activities. In many households
this was a widely discussed family decision.
While the PC was shared, children were often
given priority use to do their school work.
Overall, the survey found that South Asians
(42%) were most likely to own a PC, compared
to African Caribbean (31%) or white (37%)
respondents. However, South Asians were less
likely to have experience of the Internet
than people from other ethnic groups.
Computing knowledge didnt differ greatly
between ethnic groups, with around 63% reporting
limited skills or none at all. Across all
ethnic groups, computer usage and skills declined
sharply with increasing age.
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