Access and Gender in Multimedia Education
Gracia Luque, Rosaria 2009. Access and Gender in Multimedia Education. PhD Thesis University of East London School of Humanities and Social Sciences
|Authors||Gracia Luque, Rosaria|
The focus of this thesis is the arena of activity around access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and its relationship with gender and the discipline of Multimedia in UK universities. With education as a field of research, the thesis aims at providing a model which assists
The arena of access has been increasingly important in recent decades exemplified by policies that aimed to provide "universal access". Existing concepts of access have unsystematically focused on physical, economic and ergonomic considerations. This thesis reports on a study that uses a number of theoretical tools to conceptualise this complex area. Feminist Epistemology offers the tools to examine and understand gender and technology, and to inform the framework of study. Technological Determinism (TD) and Social Constructionism (SCOT) theories provide the theoretical base to study access in the context of new technologies, specifically in the Multimedia sector.
The research was qualitative and was conducted using documentary analysis, questionnaires and interviews. The research design moved from macro to micro levels. In the first stage a theoretical framework was developed which mapped current understandings of the concepts. As well as a
The analysis of research data confirms that there is a compartmentalised understanding of access to ICTs within university-based Multimedia education. Access is often referred to as physical and economic access to equipment. User involvement in the design process is often impeded by current institutional structures and designers' individual attitudes, and this affects the accessibility of the
The thesis challenges current understandings of access by bringing attention to a more gender balanced approach by proposing a new model, "creative access". This model encourages a gender aware approach to processes and products, and supports the creation of a working environment that uses multimedia applications as tools to transform current physical, economic, social and cultural
|Keywords||Information and communication technologies; Multimedia in UK universities; Feminist Epistemology|
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|Deposited||28 Oct 2013|
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