Mobile learning in pre-service teacher education: Examining the use of professional learning networks


  • Matthew Kearney University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
  • Damian Maher University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)



mobile learning, teacher education, professional learning


Interest in how to use mobile devices to support teaching and learning has increased as technologies have become more sophisticated and ubiquitous. A recent focus in teacher education is the use of mobile devices to support teachers’ professional learning networks (PLNs). This study investigates how pre-service teachers (PSTs) use mobile technologies to support different aspects of their PLN activities. The study uses a qualitative methodology, where data from focus group discussions, artefact collection, and participant journals kept by 11 final year PSTs provided nuanced insights into their mobile learning practices. A validated mobile pedagogical framework (Kearney, Schuck, Burden, & Aubusson, 2012) is used to analyse the data. Findings uncover a deeper understanding of exemplary mobile learning approaches in initial teacher education and have implications for effective preparation of PSTs for career-long professional learning.


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Author Biography

Matthew Kearney, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

Kearney is an Associate Professor in the area of ICT in Education. His scholarly interests focus on innovative technology-based learning in K-12 and teacher education contexts (see full list of Kearney's publications). He has led or participated in numerous funded research projects investigating pedagogical practices with emerging learning technologies. He is currently a chief investigator on an ARC Discovery Grant, Optimising Mobile Learning in Maths and Science; and also part of an Erasmus+ funded project, Mobilising and Transforming Teacher Education Pedagogies, exploring the use of mobile technologies in teacher education. Kearney has worked full-time in Education for 30 years. He has been a staff member in UTS: Education and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences since joining UTS in March 1999. 




How to Cite

Kearney, M., & Maher, D. (2019). Mobile learning in pre-service teacher education: Examining the use of professional learning networks. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 35(1).




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