Types and Themes of Mobile Application Contents in Primary Science Learning Derived From Teachers' Perspectives

교사의 관점에서 제안된 초등 과학 영역의 모바일 앱 콘텐츠 유형 및 주제

  • Received : 2015.09.16
  • Accepted : 2015.11.16
  • Published : 2016.03.28


Given the potential of mobile applications to create new learning opportunities beyond the prevalent use of digital textbooks and Internet lectures, this study aims to derive types and themes of mobile application content that can be effectively integrated with the school curricula. Twenty primary school teachers participated in this study that examines teachers' perceptions about the advantages and disadvantages of printed and digital textbooks' modality, the advantages and disadvantages of mobile learning, and the themes relevant to develop mobile applications. Findings indicate that it is necessary to develop activity-centered applications for vertical use rather than theme-centered applications for horizontal use. In addition, while most ideas derived from teachers center on multimedia access, there was lack of ideas that leverage the affordances of mobile devices for collaborative interaction and location-awareness. Lastly, to promote the diffusion of mobile learning in school environments, this study suggests the need to overcome teachers' epistemology that perceives mobilization against inquiry activities.


Mobile App;Digital Textbook;Science Learning;Educational Affordance


Supported by : 한국과학창의재단


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