ERIC Number: EJ1108570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Post-Secondary Students Using the iPad to Learn English: An Impact Study
Gitsaki, Christina; Robby, Matthew A.
International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, v6 n4 p53-74 2014
The use of mobile technology in language learning has increased considerably, with an unprecedented adoption of mobile tablets in K-12 and higher education settings. Despite the number of recent small-scale studies that have found increased student motivation and engagement in learning as a result of using mobile tablets, there is a need to further examine the impact of these devices on student learning. This paper describes a study of 370 high-school graduate students learning English as a second language using the iPad in an intensive academic preparation program. The study utilised an online survey and student exam scores at the end of the 16-week treatment. Results of the self-reported data showed increased student motivation and engagement in English learning activities. Results were correlated with self-reported data and regression analysis models demonstrated that use of the iPad for specific English learning tasks correlated with better exam performance.
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Student Motivation, High School Graduates, English (Second Language), College Preparation, College Bound Students, Online Surveys, Tests, Scores, Learner Engagement, Second Language Instruction, Correlation, Foreign Countries, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Multiple Regression Analysis, English Curriculum, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Significance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International English Language Testing System