Children’s remote learning during the first lockdown in Italy: the challenges of schools’ digitalisation for inequalities and inclusion

Author/s Piermarco Aroldi, Davide Cino, Lorenzo Zaffaroni
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/62 Language Italian
Pages 18 P. 69-86 File size 295 KB
DOI 10.3280/SC2021-062005
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The Covid-19 emergency profoundly challenged Italian schools, worsening the digital divide both in technology access and the provision of digital-mediated school experiences. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative data collected with the Joint Research Center before the first lockdown, the study elucidates Italian children and parents’ experiences with digital technologies and media in distance learning. Results show how social, economic and cultural differences in schools’ and families’ responses to the lockdown can foster inequalities in learning process-es. Our findings can also inform reflections on the ongoing digitisation processes to prevent Italian schools from becoming exclusive.

Keywords: digital learning, remote learning, digital divide, lockdown 2020, Covid-19

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Piermarco Aroldi, Davide Cino, Lorenzo Zaffaroni, Il primo lockdown e l’avvio della DAD come banco di prova dei processi di digitalizzazione della scuola italiana, tra disuguaglianze e inclusione in "SOCIOLOGIA DELLA COMUNICAZIONE " 62/2021, pp 69-86, DOI: 10.3280/SC2021-062005