BELOW PAR WITH
NARROWING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Head Start Teachers Develop
Proficiency in Computer Technology
Price, Valerie & Chen, Jie-Qi , (2006).
NARROWING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: Head
Start Teachers Develop Proficiency in
Computer Technology.. Education and Urban
Society. 38, 398-405.
The Digital Divide
Inequalitiesin children’s access to computers
because of factors such as income, race, and
Access to the technology
Teacher’s ability to use it themselves
How to solve this problem
HeadStart program in the Department of Early
Childhood Education of the Chicago Public
Schools (CPS) and Erikson Institute
Goal:help teachers develop attitudes, skills, and
practices to help children gain educational
benefits from classroom computer use
The Principles of the Program
Teaching for understanding
Co-construction of knowledge
Integration rather than isolation
Responding to teachers’ instructional needs
Peers as role models
The Program’s Effects
Atotal of 66 teachers and 33 assistant teachers
completed the one year program.
Theyshowed significantly higher measures in
regards to attitude, skill, and practice when
compared to the 109 nonparticipant.
Key lessons: eager teachers, attitudes as
indicators, community of learners, and the issue
of scaling up.
What does it all mean
Whatbenefits will the children gain, other then
technological proficiency, from their teachers who
attended this program?
does this program’s implementation into
Head Start begin to level the playing field in
comparison to children above the poverty line?
Whatare some other ways to begin to introduce
children who are below the poverty level to