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Eliciting the potentials of mathematical mobile learning trough scaffolding learning processes across contexts
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, ISSN 1746-725X, Vol. 6, no 3/4, 285-302 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Little is understood in terms of scaffolding learning processes in more dynamical contexts than the classroom environment. The scope of mobile learning research has so far been limited to the scaffolding functions of the mobile technology. Thus, in this paper, a larger grip was taken, focusing on all available means, such as teachers, mobile technology, pre- and post-activities as supportive structures. In doing that a sequence of learning activities were designed within the domain of mathematics education. We asked what scaffolding role the available resources can play in supporting the students learning processes, and further, how we are to orchestrate these resources across contexts in a pedagogical manner. The findings demonstrates how students' learning processes are to be scaffolded and how learning in an outdoor context can be meaningfully supported through the sequencing of activities and the utilisation of pre- and post-activities in indoor contexts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Inderscience , 2012. Vol. 6, no 3/4, 285-302 p.
Keyword [en]
mobile learning, m-learning, scaffolding learning, orchestration, mathematics education
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86336DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2012.050035OAI: diva2:586640
Available from: 2013-01-12 Created: 2013-01-12 Last updated: 2014-09-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Orchestrating scaffolded outdoor mobile learning activities
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Orchestrating scaffolded outdoor mobile learning activities
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Since the beginning of time, technological innovations have formed the basis for the development of society and supported the most fundamental societal features. The educational system is no exception. This we have witnessed on many occasions, as for example in form of the transformations of learning and teaching introduced by the printing press, the calculator and computers. With the advance of mobile technology, we have received another technology that inspires research fields to study the learning and teaching potentials that mobile technology may present. It is from here this thesis takes its general starting point, namely, in the determination to critically examine the role mobile technology can play in supporting outdoor learning activities. More specifically, the thesis attempts to, on the one hand, develop an understanding of the challenges and limitations associated with scaffolding students’ mobile learning in outdoor environments. On the other hand, based on such a developed understanding, the thesis investigates how mobile technology-supported outdoor activities should be orchestrated to scaffold students learning. Orchestration is, in this thesis, understood as the process of productively coordinating supportive interventions across multiple learning activities occurring at multiple social levels involving multiple contexts, and multiple tools and media.The framework of design-based research has guided the methodological approach. Three design studies formed the empirical basis of the study of the issues. The results of the thesis indicate the difficulties and challenges in supporting students in outdoor contexts and delineate an understanding of how mobile outdoor learning activities can be orchestrated with students scaffolding needs taken into account.The thesis contributes with a conceptualization of and a model for orchestration of mobile learning activities, a framework for design-based research in mobile learning, as well as a critical perspective on the introduction of mobile technology in education. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2014. 120 p.
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 14-014
mobile learning, orchestration, scaffolding, outdoor education, mobilt lärande, orkestrering, scaffolding, utomhuslärande
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Research subject
Information Society
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107346 (URN)978-91-7447-977-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-10-13, Lilla hörsalen, NOD-huset, Borgarfjordsgatan 12, Kista, 13:00 (English)

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 4: Accepted. Paper 5: Accepted.

Available from: 2014-09-21 Created: 2014-09-10 Last updated: 2014-09-15Bibliographically approved

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