Web Skills tied to Family Income Level
An interesting article in the Times about the relationship between online information literacy and average family income: Academic Skills on Web Are Tied to Income Level
. It suggests that students coming from wealthier families are better at online academic research than those coming from middle to lower class families.
“Teachers have to expect and recognize that they can't just say ‘Google something,' because some of our students still don't know what that means, believe it or not,” said Susan B. Neuman, a professor of early childhood and literacy education at New York University who is a co-editor of Reading Research Quarterly. In the study, the researchers polled the students about whether they used the Internet for schoolwork. They found that three quarters of the students in the lower-income school had been required to use the web for school assignments, compared with 97 percent in the more affluent school.