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ERIC Number: EJ927498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1096-7516
College Students' Conceptions of Context-Aware Ubiquitous Learning: A Phenomenographic Analysis
Tsai, Pei-Shan; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Hwang, Gwo-Haur
Internet and Higher Education, v14 n3 p137-141 Jul 2011
The purpose of this study was to explore students' conceptions of context-aware ubiquitous learning (u-learning). The students participated in a u-learning exercise using PDAs equipped with RFID readers. The data were collected from individual interviews with each of the students by a trained researcher, and the responses of the interviewees were further analyzed using the phenomenographic method. The analysis revealed five categories of conceptions of u-learning, including "u-learning as the application of technology," "u-learning as a platform for attaining information," "u-learning as a timely guide," "u-learning as increase of knowledge" and "u-learning as active learning." Their conceptions are viewed as a hierarchy, from less advanced to more sophisticated. An in-depth analysis of the students' conceptions of learning indicated that students held multiple conceptions of u-learning. This study further suggests that inquiry practices (such as allowing open-ended exploration for the learning topic) should be addressed in u-learning activities, as these practices may foster more sophisticated conceptions of u-learning. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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