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Croft Institute for International Studies
Digital Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have become a focal point in improving worldwide education. There have been many studies on the effects of ICT in schools on grades and careers after graduation, but not many have studied the social impact. This study focuses on the Plan Ceibal in Uruguay to see the impact of ICT in schools on social cohesion. The Plan Ceibal was the first Nation-wide one-laptop-per-child (OLPC) program in the world. For this reason, Uruguay can provide a look into the future for other nations as they implement OLPC programs of their own. This study uses data from the Latin American Popular Opinion Project (LAPOP) to compare the social capital, political capital, and labor capital of those who were exposed to the Plan Ceibal during grade school and those who were not in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Further comparison with LAPOP’s data on Santiago de Chile suggests there is a correlation between the Plan Ceibal a decline in political and labor capital.
Bradford, William, "The Ceibalitas in Uruguay: How Digital Educational Technology affects Social Cohesion" (2021). Honors Theses. 1908.
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