Does the digital world open up an increasing divide in access to print books?
Over the last two decades, reading has shifted from taking place on paper to, increasingly,
screens. As digitalisation spreads, there have been growing concerns about unbalanced
access to new types of resources between socio-economically advantaged and disadvantaged
students. PISA 2018 results show that while disadvantaged students are catching up
in terms of access to digital resources, their access to cultural capital like paper
books at home has diminished, and the socio-economic gap has been persistent over
the last two decades. This policy brief draws education stakeholders’ attention to
this issue and provides evidence for the discussion of equity in education by examining
how access to books at home is related to students’ prevalent mode of reading books,
their performance in reading and their enjoyment of reading.
Published on July 12, 2022
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