Aboriginal Futures and Digital Excellence: Attending the digital divide in Aboriginal Australian Communities that effect Youth schooling

Presented by Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney
Friday 29 May, 2.30-4pm
C1-79 Magill Campus

What are the factors that affect Aboriginal student access to and use of information Communication technology? What are the digital telecommunication needs of Aboriginal peoples and what role do schools play? What happens when the worlds oldest living culture - Aboriginal Australians, leverage new digital technologies to increase their own, and their community’s culture, language, education, health and wellbeing?

This paper provides a descriptive analysis of issues related to access and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) among Aboriginal youth and their communities. This paper locates geographical areas of the Aboriginal digital divide. In particular, this research examines the extent to which socio-economic status and rural-urban location inequalities exist in the use and access of ICT exist among Aboriginal youth and communities. The ABS, NATSIS data sets and several case studies have been used to study this issue. The results of this analysis suggests that there is a digital divide for Aboriginal youth, in terms of access to and experience with ICT that effect their schooling.

Lester-Irabinna Rigney
Dr Lester-Irabinna Rigney is Professor of Aboriginal Education in the School of Education at University of South Australia.

Professor Rigney is an expert in Aboriginal teaching and learning. He's a registered teacher and has worked in Aboriginal schooling and Education for more than 20 years.


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