Section Introduction: Issues and Challenges Related to Digital Equity

  • Thérèse LaferrièreEmail author
  • Paul Resta
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This section is devoted to digital equity, and its evolving nature. Seven chapters are included in this section. Considering IT as a potential agent to social inclusion, authors devote much attention to the issues, challenges, and strategies involved in moving toward digital equity. Ways in which teachers and teacher educators can pay attention to digital equity when using IT in education are identified.


Information and communication technology Digital divide Learning environment Social inclusion Knowledge divide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laval UniversityQuébec CityCanada
  2. 2.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Therese Laferrière
    • 1
  • Paul Resta
    • 2
  1. 1.Université LavalQuebec CityCanada
  2. 2.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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