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Tracey Sunley

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Personal Statement

I graduated in 1997 from Leicester University with a B.Sc (Hons) in Psychology. My final year dissertation looked at issues of gender and the internet in relation to student teachers attitudes and confidence. My PhD thesis in Educational Technology proposed a concept of individuals' 'Psychological Access to the Internet' and examined gender, attitudes and motivations of adolescent children, primarily in educational contexts.

Case Histories

Sunley, T. (2007). Psychological access to the Internet: adolescents, gender and attitudes in context (full paper).

Abstract

This article introduces the construct of Psychological Access to the Internet (PAttI), and presents a research study designed to establish the relative contributory effects of gender, experience and context of use, among adolescent schoolchildren in the UK, upon a measure of PAttI.

PAttI is proposed as a multidimensional concept, and is argued to be indicative of a predisposition to interact with the Internet, as demonstrated by attitudes and voluntary use. Access is defined, not simply as the physical opportunity presented by circumstance or policy provision, but also by psychological affordances relating to individuals’ attitudes, and indicated by their behavioural choices.

The importance of the findings for digital divide issues and continuing relevance to educational policy in the UK is put forward.

 

 

Publications

Sunley, T. (2007). Psychological access to the Internet: adolescents, gender and attitudes in context (full paper).

Sunley, T. (2006). A Conceptualisation of Psychological Access to the Internet: Adolescents, Gender and Attitudes, unpublished thesis (Ph.D.), The Open University, Milton Keynes. (abstract)


(the following papers published under my previous surname of 'Wood')
L.Miller, T.A.Wood et al, (2000). Saying 'Welcome' is not enough: Women, information systems and equity in work. Career Development International, 5 (7), pp.379 - 389. (abstract)
T.A.Wood (1999). Psychological Access and the Internet. In Advanced Research in Computers in Education, G. Cummings et al (eds), pp.973-980, lOS Press, Ohmsha.
T.A.Wood (1999). Gender and Educational Equity: The Emergence of the Internet. Centre for Information Technology Report.no.247, The Open University.
T.A.Wood (1998). Gender and the 'New Age' of Computers: Identity, Attitudes and Use of the Internet in Education. Centre for Information Technology Report no.241, The Open University.

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