The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 509–518 | Cite as

Digital Equity and Students’ Home Computing: A Hong Kong Study

  • Allan H. K. Yuen
  • Wilfred W. F. Lau
  • Jae Hyung Park
  • Gervas K. K. Lau
  • Albert K. M. Chan
Regular Article


This study explores digital equity by examining gender and socioeconomic differences in students’ use of computers at home. It presents research findings of a territory-wide survey of 825 eighth-graders from 36 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Results of MANOVAs and ANOVAs indicate significant socioeconomic and gender effects on the home computing of students, including (1) socioeconomic difference in access and hours of computer use, learning-related use and parental mediation in guidance and (2) gender difference in learning-related use, and parental mediation in guidance and worry. No interaction effect was observed. The research provides empirical evidence that will stimulate discussion on issues regarding digital equity and students’ home computing.


ICT in education Home computing Gender difference Socioeconomic difference Digital equity Parental mediation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan H. K. Yuen
    • 1
  • Wilfred W. F. Lau
    • 2
  • Jae Hyung Park
    • 3
  • Gervas K. K. Lau
    • 4
  • Albert K. M. Chan
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for Information Technology in Education, Faculty of EducationThe University of Hong KongPokfulam RoadHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of EducationThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong
  3. 3.Department of International Education and Lifelong LearningHong Kong Institute of EducationTai PoHong Kong
  4. 4.Faculty of EducationThe University of Hong KongPokfulam RoadHong Kong

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