Tafel vol laptops en studerende mensen
Tafel vol laptops en studerende mensen

PhD defense: Copy Paste? Digital skills, social reproduction, and social mobility in education

Friday 28 June 2024, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In today's digitalized education landscape, students' digital skills are crucial for academic success and accessing opportunities. This importance is reflected in discussions from parents to policymakers. However, there's debate on whether these skills perpetuate social inequality or facilitate social mobility. This dissertation explores digital skills inequality among adolescent students, focusing on socioeconomic and gender inequality. Drawing from sociology, media and communications, and gender scholarship, the dissertation investigates how these inequalities persist across home, school, and national contexts. While findings highlight the reproduction of social inequality through digital skills, they also reveal avenues for social mobility, often facilitated by supportive social networks.

Renae Sze Ming Loh (1992) obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and New Media (Second Upper Class Honours) at the National University of Singapore, Singapore, and a Master’s degree in Sociology and Social Research (cum laude) at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She conducted the present study at the Department of Sociology at Radboud University, The Netherlands, as part of the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS).

Friday 28 June 2024, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Contact information

PhD candidate: renae.loh [at] ru.nl (renae[dot]loh[at]ru[dot]nl)

Promotor: gerbert.kraaykamp [at] ru.nl (gerbert[dot]kraaykamp[at]ru[dot]nl)

Co-promotor: margriet.vanhek [at] ru.nl