The mobile phone - a resource in schoolwork?

  • Karin Blomander
  • Sofia Hansson
  • Bodil Påhlsson

    Student thesis: Master, one year

    Abstract

    The aim of this thesis was to investigate how students, teachers and special teachers use, or may want to use, mobile phones as a resource in everyday schoolwork. An analysis of the result was made base on two main theories. One i Säljös theory about the sociocultural perspective, where artefacts play an important part in the devolopment of human society. The other is Laurillardss thougts of social learning and the use of technology in teaching. The methods used were inquiries and semi-structured interwiews with individuals and groups. The result shows that students in compulsory school use the mobile phone as a calculator and för listening to music as a means to concentrate. Senior high school students use the mobile phone as a calculator, to seek information on the internet, and to communicate aboute schoolwork. The older the students, the more they appreciated the use of the mobile phones calendar and its reminder function. Both students, teachers and special teachers could see benefits in using the mobile phone in schoolwork, for example using apps, making recordings and reading e-books. Older students, and some teachers, wanted to use the mobile phone as a means for accessing shared knowledge.

    Date of Award2013-Feb-19
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorKenny Schylander (Supervisor)

    Educational program

    • Special Education Programme

    Courses and Subjects

    • Education

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Educational Sciences (503)

    Keywords

    • mobile phone
    • artefact
    • sociocultural theory
    • schoolwork
    • learning device
    • collaborativ learning

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