Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An investigation of perceptions about smart mobile phone usage as an instructional tool in a high school classroom
by Karch, Krista, Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 170; 3620696
Abstract (Summary)

The prevalence of mobile technology, particularly the mobile phone, is changing the manner in which individuals communicate, access information, conduct business, teach, learn, and cultivate relationships. These technologies have charged stakeholders in both the business and the educational arena with the challenge of embracing mobile phone use and leveraging it as a learning tool. Researchers and educators are exploring the concept of integrating mobile phones into classroom instruction to enhance academic experiences for students, engage them in the learning process, and find new ways of extending learning beyond the school walls. Although this topic of research is in the infancy stage, emerging evidence supports the utilization of mobile phone technology, indicates it can successfully be leveraged in the academic setting and is rapidly becoming the technology of choice. This study contributes to the developing research in the field of integrating mobile phones into the classroom setting as high school teachers and students express their perceptions regarding how mobile phones are currently being utilized in the classroom to support instruction and whether future practices should support integration.

Data gathered from this study indicate the teacher and student participants support mobile phone access and utilization both in and out of the classroom and value the devices as an instructional resource. Further, in this study participants offer solutions to the perceived challenges that may occur as mobile devices are implemented in the school setting in order to ensure meaningful and successful mobile phone usage. Collectively, teacher and student participants encourage a shift in current educational pedagogy which will support 21st century learning through the use of mobile phones in the educational arena.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wold, William, Dougall, Ronald
Commitee: Adams, Candace, Gibson, Adrienne
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Instructional Design, Teacher education, Educational technology
Keywords: High schools, Mobile phones, Smart phones, Technology integration, Technology use
Publication Number: 3620696
ISBN: 978-1-303-91285-6
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