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The digital divide between high school students in Colombia

Frederick Andrés Mendoza-Lozano, Jose Wilmar Quintero-Peña and Jose Felix García-Rodríguez

Telecommunications Policy, 2021, vol. 45, issue 10

Abstract: By extracting information from Saber 11 Tests taken by high school students close to finishing that educational period in Colombia, the digital divide evolution over time and its determinants are analyzed using a probabilistic model and the calculation of georeferenced concentration indexes. The topic is relevant as previous studies have shown a positive relationship between access to ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies), educational achievement, and economic growth. It is concluded that the digital divide persists over time and is accentuated in rural areas. Besides, the determinants of access are variable since they are out of the students' control. Therefore, this study deals with the social inequity around the access that students have, depending on their geographical location, into digital scenarios that allow them to increase their intellectual capital on the context of the situated cognition.

Keywords: Digital divide; Colombia; High school test; Secondary school (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2021.102226

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