Reaching the digitally disadvantaged. Australia's educational neglect of indigenous learners in the information age
Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
In a country that boasts one of the highest computer and technological penetration rates in the world, Indigenous Australians still suffer significantly lower levels of access, participation, outcomes and educational success. With the growth of the Information age and the need for technological skills there is a concern that new technology will further increase the ongoing disadvantaged position of Indigenous learners in today’s educational environment. Are Indigenous learners destined to assume the same disadvantaged position in a new information society that they have been forced into in the past? Is information technology a solution to bridge this educational divide? This paper explores current educational positions on technology in education from the mainstream and analyses the lack of recognition of Indigenous people in this equation.