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ERIC Number: EJ890241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1036-0026
Choice, Coverage & Cost in the Countryside: A Topology of Adolescent Rural Mobile Technology Use
Taylor, Calvin
Education in Rural Australia, v19 n1 p53-64 2009
As mobile technologies become increasingly prevalent throughout Australian society, it is important to consider the impact of local factors on their use. In order to support rural students and develop appropriate mobile learning frameworks, it is essential to have an understanding of the particular communication challenges presented by local experiences. This paper reports some preliminary observations emerging from an ethnographic study of mobile technology use by a group of rural adolescents in Victoria. This research aims to understand their use of various mobile technologies in terms of literacy practices. A key consideration in understanding these particular students was interrogating the rural context involved and the impact this has on their mobile technology use. Key influences on their practices that emerged from their rural context included: network choice, phone coverage and financial cost. Technology use for this particular group of rural students will be examined through the voices of participants in this research. Their experiences, whilst specific to their lives and locality, speak to wider trends and issues concerning mobile technology use by rural students. If we are to develop educational strategies to accommodate young people's knowledge of and experience with these technologies, it is essential to develop an understanding of how particular places--rural places--structure the use of mobile technologies.
Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia. P.O. Box 659, Wembly, Western Australia 6913, Australia. Tel: +08-9264-5809; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia