Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Students using mobile phones in the classroom: Can the phones increase content learning
by Rinehart, David Lee, M.Sc., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 91; 1517773
Abstract (Summary)

A study was conducted at a high-performing school in Southern California to explore the effects on learning content from students using their own smart phones in and out of the classroom. The study used a Switching Replications design format which allowed two independent analyses of posttest scores between a group using e-flash cards on smart phones and a group using paper flash cards. Quantitative data was collected via two tailed, t-tests and qualitative data was collected through observations and interviews. Results suggest that knowledge level learning may be increased with mobile phone use, but no effect on comprehension level learning was found. Students found the phones to be convenient in accessing flash cards anytime and anywhere. Enthusiasm for using the phones in class while initially high waned over the 1 month study duration. Students perceived the phones to not be a significant source of distraction outside of class.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Colburn, Alan
Commitee:
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational technology, Science education
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Publication Number: 1517773
ISBN: 9781267474001
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