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Cross-cultural analysis of users’ attitudes toward the use of mobile devices in second and foreign language learning in higher education: A case from China and Sweden
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. (Technology Enhanced Learning)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8543-3774
Örebro University.
2013 (English)In: Computers and education, ISSN 0360-1315, E-ISSN 1873-782X, Vol. 69, 169-180 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study examined the current state of students’ attitudes toward mobile technology use in and for second and foreign language learning in higher education. Moreover, the study investigated if age, gender or cultural factors affect these attitudes. A total of 345 students from two in many aspects different countries, China (Yunnan University) and Sweden (Dalarna University) participated in this study. To access learners’ perceptions toward mobile technology use, we employed Kearney’s pedagogical framework to mobile learning from a socio-cultural perspective (Kearney, Schuck, Burden, & Aubusson, 2012). Hofstede’s cultural dimensions were used to approach students’ cultural views, as these dimensions represent some values – aspects of culture – that may affect attitudes toward technology and learning individually as well as in combination. The findings show the respondents’ attitudes toward mobile learning are very positive with individualization being most positive (83%) followed by collaboration (74%), and authenticity (73%). The statistical analysis indicates that Hofstede’s factors cannot explain the differences in mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) attitudes in the chosen sample. Among the personal factors, gender is identified to be a predictor to explain the differences in students’ attitudes toward MALL. This study shows that technology itself seems to be the most important culture-shaping factor, more important than culture inherited from the physical environment, and more important than age.

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2013. Vol. 69, 169-180 p.
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Cross-Cultural projects, Teaching/Learning strategies, Virtual reality, Distributed learning environment, Adult learning
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Information and Communication Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192180OAI: diva2:958374
Available from: 2016-09-07 Created: 2016-09-07 Last updated: 2016-09-07

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