A1 Journal article (refereed)
‘It is important at this point to make clear that this study is not “anti-iPad”’ : Ed-Tech speak around iPads in educational technology research (2021)


Mertala, P. (2021). ‘It is important at this point to make clear that this study is not “anti-iPad”’ : Ed-Tech speak around iPads in educational technology research. Learning, Media and Technology, 46(2), 230-242. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2021.1868501


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Mertala, Pekka

Journal or series: Learning, Media and Technology

ISSN: 1743-9884

eISSN: 1743-9892

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 46

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 230-242

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2021.1868501

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73820


Abstract

This position paper contributes to the field of critical educational technology (Ed-Tech) research by providing empirical evidence for the qualities of the phenomenon known as Ed-Tech speak. The research question, how does Ed-Tech speak in research articles about Apple's iPad contribute to promoting and validating the importance and utility of the iPad for teaching and learning, is addressed by applying critical genre analysis to investigate empirical research articles discussing the use of iPads in institutional education. As a result, four categories were formed: the self-evident importance of iPads, overgeneralization of references, the use of strong reporting verbs (to boost weak references), and the use of boosting devices when discussing the findings. Possible explanations for the existence of Ed-Tech speak in research articles are offered.


Keywords: educational technology; tablet computers; iPad; discourse; discourse analysis

Free keywords: iPad; Ed-Tech; Ed-Tech speak; critical genre analysis; educational technology; discourse


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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1


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