Parental Access to Educational Resources

Project:
Parents' access to educational resources in a financially depressed community
Lead:
Parisa Roshan
Summary:
Free online educational resources are available more than ever before; however, there are several barriers to finding these opportunities by communities that can benefit from them the most. Parents are important facilitators for informal learning among their children, and how parents utilize technology to find resources and ideas for informal learning impacts a child’s exposure and interest in education. In this study, we examine search terms, technology practices, and the cultural values among African-American parents in financially depressed communities in westside Atlanta. We go beyond a binary definition of digital access (“have” and “have-nots”) to find the underlying issues related to access and build a culturally-relevant tool for parents to seek online educational resources for their children.