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Ramifications of the digital Divide on Cognitive Development and School Preparedness

DeVincenzo, Joshua L.; Osorio-Godoy, Geryel Oriana; Chandler, Thomas E.

The conceptualization of the digital divide stems from multiple decades prior to the focal themes of this chapter as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education. As has been widely discussed in the literature as well as the popular press, numerous existing and long-standing inequities were accentuated throughout the pandemic, not the least of them the digital divide. In addition, the cognitive load for the entire learning ecosystem present in a student’s life, encompassing the mental well-being of parents/guardians, family members, teachers, and administrators, increased to alarming levels during the pandemic with potential long-term impacts on future learning, school operations, and social capital. This chapter explores the school ecosystem of stakeholders, students, educators, parents/guardians/caregivers, administrators, and support staff with a narrow focus on the cognitive impacts on each group attributed to digital divides. Because the impacts of COVID-19 are global in nature, the chapter draws upon research and examples worldwide.


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May 10, 2023