8.03 Bridging the Second Digital Divide: What Can Sociologists of Education Contribute?
I consider two related issues and raise two challenges for sociologists of education. First, I argue that the way in which the disparities in access are addressed will have important implications for the evolving disparities in use. Second, I consider the difficulties of addressing the disparities in computer and Internet use in education. Third, I argue that sociologists of education have an important contribution to make in examining the disparities in use. Fourth, I call attention to the opportunity afforded by the emerging digital educational sector for those sociologists of education with an interest in solving educational problems instead of just bringing them to the attention of others.