A review of research methodologies used in studies on mobile handheld devices in K-12 and higher education settings

  • Wing Sum Cheung Nanyang Technological University
  • Khe Foon Hew Nanyang Technological University

Abstract

Mobile handheld devices are increasingly being used in education. In this paper, we undertook a review of empirical based articles to summarise the current research regarding the use of mobile handheld devices (personal digital assistants/PDAs, palmtops, and mobile phones) in K-12 and higher education settings. This review was guided by the following four questions: (a) How are mobile handheld devices such as PDAs, palmtops, and mobile phones used by students and teachers? (b) What types of research methods have been applied using such devices? (c) What data collection methods are used in the research? and (d) What research topics have been conducted on these handheld devices in education settings, as well as their related findings? We summarise and discuss some major findings from the research, as well as several limitations of previous empirical studies. We conclude by providing some recommendations for future research related to mobile handheld devices in education settings.

 

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Author Biographies

Wing Sum Cheung, Nanyang Technological University
Associate Professor, Learning Sciences & Technologies
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Khe Foon Hew, Nanyang Technological University
Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences & Technologies
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Published
2009-05-13
How to Cite
Cheung, W. S., & Hew, K. F. (2009). A review of research methodologies used in studies on mobile handheld devices in K-12 and higher education settings. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(2). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.1148