Internet use among middle school students in school and at home: What can we learn from a U.S.-China comparison?

Jing Lei, Jingye Zhou, Qiu Wang

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Abstract

Based on data collected from middle school students in a U.S. school (N = 159) and a Chinese school (N = 183), this study compared Internet use in school and at home between American students and Chinese students, explored what affected students' use of the Internet, and examined how students' Internet use related to their learning. Results reveal that (a) significant differences in online activities between American students and Chinese students were found in school, but not at home. Further analysis suggests that different pedagogical practices in these two cultural contexts led to the different uses of the Internet in school between American students and Chinese students. (b) There were significant school/home differences in Internet use for American students, but not much school/home difference was found for Chinese students. (c) There were salient similarities between American students and Chinese students in terms of the most popular activities they engaged in online. (d) Internet use in teaching and learning in school had some influence on students' interest in learning specific subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-164
Number of pages18
JournalComputers in the Schools
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 20 2009

Keywords

  • In school and at home
  • Internet use
  • Subject interest
  • US-China comparison

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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