A1 Journal article (refereed)
A Phenomenographic Research Study of Students’ Conceptions of Mobile Learning : An Example From Higher Education (2019)

Khan, M. S. H., Abdou, B. O., Kettunen, J., & Gregory, S. (2019). A Phenomenographic Research Study of Students’ Conceptions of Mobile Learning : An Example From Higher Education. Sage Open, 9(3). https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244019861457

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Khan, Md. Shahadat Hossain; Abdou, Benadjih Oiriddine; Kettunen, Jaana; Gregory, Sue

Journal or series: Sage Open

eISSN: 2158-2440

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 9

Issue number: 3

Publisher: Sage publications

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244019861457

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65114


This article aims to identify different ways of using mobile devices in students’ learning in higher education. This qualitative research presents the findings from a phenomenographic research of students’ conceptions of mobile learning (m-learning) in higher education. A cohort of 16 students from four universities of Bangladesh took part in semi-structured interviews to explore their in-depth understandings and experiences of m-learning. The findings indicate that university students perceived five qualitatively different ways of using mobile devices in their learning: a medium for communication; a medium for management of learning materials; a tool for effective learning; a means for collaborative learning; and a means for development of new ideas. The findings of this research demonstrate students’ pedagogical understanding of using mobile devices in higher education. The outcomes of this research could play a crucial role in informing students on how they can use their mobile devices for learning purposes and providing educators with empirical evidence on students’ pedagogical practices of using mobile devices in other developing and more developed countries in the world.

Keywords: phenomenography; pedagogy; mobile learning; studies in an institution of higher education; students

Free keywords: phenomenography; pedagogical issues; mobile learning (m-learning); conceptions; students learning

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 1

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