ERIC Number: EJ870302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Mobile Learning for Teacher Professional Learning: Benefits, Obstacles and Issues
Aubusson, Peter; Schuck, Sandy; Burden, Kevin
ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, v17 n3 p233-247 Nov 2009
This paper reflects on the role of mobile learning in teachers' professional learning. It argues that effective professional learning requires reflection and collaboration and that mobile learning is ideally suited to allow reflection-in-action and to capture the spontaneity of learning moments. The paper also argues for the value of collaborations between teachers and students in professional learning. It suggests that authentic artefacts and anecdotes, captured through mobile technologies, can enable the sharing, analysis and synthesis of classroom experiences by teachers and students. Such analysis and synthesis helps to encourage collaborative reflective practice and is likely to improve teacher and student learning as a result. Ethical issues that might arise through using mobile technologies in this way are also discussed. Teacher voice is presented to indicate the range of views about mobile learning and to indicate current practices. Practical, school systemic, attitudinal and ethical factors may inhibit mobile technology adoption; these factors need to be researched and addressed to realise the potential of teacher mobile professional learning.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Teacher Student Relationship, Professional Development, Reflective Teaching, Ethics, Cooperation, Secondary School Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Principals, Interviews, Reflection, Barriers, Teacher Educators, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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