Seamless learning in the mobile age: A theoretical and methodological discussion on using cooperative inquiry to study digital kids on-the-move

Yancy Toh, Hyo Jeong So, Peter Seow, Wenli Chen, Chee Kit Looi

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Abstract

This paper shares the theoretical and methodological frameworks that are deployed in a 3-year study to examine how Singapore primary school students leverage on mobile technology for seamless learning. This notion of seamless learning refers to the integrated and synergistic effects of learning in both formal and informal settings, which is distributed across different learning processes (emergent or planned) as well as across different spaces (in or out of class). Drawing insights from the literature and our study, we assert that we should jettison the technology-centric view to adopt a socio-cultural framework. This move puts us in a better position to make sense of the rich complexities coalescing around the students' in-situ use of mobile devices. We also critiqued the adequacy of our people-centred data collection method, in particular, cooperative inquiry in capturing instances of seamless learning. Challenges of operationalising the cooperative inquiry approaches are also detailed in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-318
Number of pages18
JournalLearning, Media and Technology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • cooperative inquiry
  • digital practices
  • methodology
  • mobile learning
  • seamless learning
  • theoretical framework

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