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ERIC Number: EJ1017327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1055-8896
Using Location-Aware Technology for Learning Geography in a Real Digital Space outside the Classroom
Cowan, Pamela; Butler, Ryan
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v22 n3 p243-272 Jul 2013
The use of new mobile technologies is still in its infancy in many secondary schools and there is limited evidence of the educational and pedagogical benefits on pupils' learning in the formal school context. This qualitative study focuses on the use of handheld devices to teach a topic in geography to an examination class. Action research combined with pupil observations and focus group interviews are used to capture the pupils' experiences of using mediascapes. Activity Theory is used as a lens to structure the analysis of the data and to report on the cognitive and affective impact of m-learning on pupils' academic performance in the topic. Increased attainment and the development of wider skills for lifelong learning were identified in the study. The adaptability of the majority of pupils to the technology resulted in increased levels of willingness to learn in this novel context.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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