Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
This research study examines the extent of the digital divide in educational technologies among K-12 Illinois public schools, with a specific focus on business education. The study investigates the disparities in access and usage of educational technologies across urban, suburban, and rural schools in Illinois, aiming to identify the challenges and opportunities for promoting equitable access to technology in education. The research findings indicate significant differences in access and usage of educational technologies among the different types of schools. While all schools experience the digital divide to some extent, rural schools face more pronounced challenges in accessing and utilizing educational technologies. Limited access to reliable internet connectivity, outdated hardware and software, and a lack of professional development opportunities were prominent issues reported by rural teachers.
Kazmi, Zahra Syedah, "Exploring the Digital Divide in Educational Technology across Illinois School Districts: a Focus on Business Education in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Schools" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 1753.