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Carlton community lifelong learning hub project : final report. /

by Hopkins, Liza | Swinburne University of Technology. Institute for Social esearch.

Publisher: Hawthorn, Vic. Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology 2006Description: Text.Notes: URL: 'http://www.sisr.net/publications/0512hopkins.doc' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:23:51 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Information, e-government and opportunity : a public housing estate online. /

by Meredyth, Denise | Hopkins, Liza | Ewing, Scott.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Social Policy Research Centre. University of New South Wales 2005Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/ASPC2005/papers/Paper200.doc' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:39:08 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: This paper summarises a four year study of the effects on 800 low-income and multiethnic households of access to free networked computers, training and information resources. The question was whether these low-income households would make use of online health, housing education and employment services, as distinct from using the resources to play games or seek entertainment. Results suggest that, although what people went looking for online varied, tenants could and did seek information on social services and did explore government websites and the resources of community agencies. This finding emerges from a study drawing on focus groups, interviews, surveys and the analysis of tenants' patterns of network use. Patterns of use show convincing evidence that the benefits of the wired community initiative include the encouragement of informal learning and self-directed information-seeking, as well as the more effective delivery of publicly and privately provided social services. The example has broader implications for debates on social partnerships, community-building and electronic government.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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