ERIC Number: EJ1094345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Tablet Use in Schools: A Critical Review of the Evidence for Learning Outcomes
Haßler, B.; Major, L.; Hennessy, S.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v32 n2 p139-156 Apr 2016
The increased popularity of tablets in general has led to uptake in education. We critically review the literature reporting use of tablets by primary and secondary school children across the curriculum, with a particular emphasis on learning outcomes. The systematic review methodology was used, and our literature search resulted in 33 relevant studies meeting the inclusion criteria. A total of 23 met the minimum quality criteria and were examined in detail (16 reporting positive learning outcomes, 5 no difference and 2 negative learning outcomes). Explanations underlying these observations were analysed, and factors contributing to successful uses of tablets are discussed. While we hypothesize how tablets can viably support children in completing a variety of learning tasks (across a range of contexts and academic subjects), the fragmented nature of the current knowledge base, and the scarcity of rigorous studies, makes it difficult to draw firm conclusions. The generalizability of evidence is limited, and detailed explanations as to how, or why, using tablets within certain activities can improve learning remain elusive. We recommend that future research moves beyond exploration towards systematic and in-depth investigations building on the existing findings documented here.
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Technological Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Research Methodology, Literature Reviews
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Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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