ERIC Number: EJ1167682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Researching Students across Spaces and Places: Capturing Digital Data "On the Go"
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v41 n1 p53-68 2018
Criticisms have been levelled at e-research that limited knowledge has been produced helpful for guiding educators in using digital tools more effectively for teaching and learning. This issue has become more acute with the emergence of mobile devices that enable learners to transition across different learning spaces and times. Traditional data methods are challenged to adequately capture the dynamic and collaborative exchanges occurring in flexible, technology-saturated environments, such as Bring Your Own Device or innovative learning environments (ILEs). This article details the development and use of an innovative digital data system in a series of studies exploring elementary students' learning using iPads in two ILEs in a New Zealand school. It explains the system, and evaluates its efficacy for capturing data representing use of the devices across learning spaces and tasks. While the system was highly effective, a number of barriers to its use existed. Ethical challenges were also encountered, and difficulties experienced managing and working with the volume of data produced. Although yielding high-quality data, it is up to individual researchers to assess for themselves the pros and cons of using a system such as described in this article, given the resources and time at their disposal.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Electronic Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Educational Innovation, Instructional Effectiveness, Barriers, Ethics, Information Technology, Data Collection, Educational Research, Data Analysis, Video Technology, Computer Oriented Programs, Problem Solving, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand