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Title: Charting trajectories on the peripheries of community practice : mobile learning for the humanities in South Korea
Author: Gallagher, M. S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 435X
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2016
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This research explores the learning practices of graduate humanities students in South Korea as evidenced through mobile technology. Fieldwork was carried out with 25 graduate students across several universities in Seoul involving interviews, mobile artifacts, and reflective prompts. The study asked how graduate students use mobile technology to support their learning, what learning practices are presented in this mobile technology use, and whether this combination of mobile technology use and learning practice suggest a learner trajectory (Wenger, 1998) in respect to the disciplinary community. Analysis presents the trajectories being evidenced by these graduate students, leading to a discussion on how graduate students are shaping their learning practices and participation in the humanities through mobile technology. Findings suggest the trajectories that graduate students exhibit in relation to their disciplinary communities are structured by mobile technology itself, informal and formal practices consistent with community participation, and South Korean sociocultural practice. Trajectories presented were complex aggregations of adherence, subversion, and intent, suggesting that participation in the disciplinary community was shaped by multimemberships and elements of individualized practice. The findings suggest that more robust methodologies are needed to account for the complexity of learning trajectories in sociocultural contexts. The contributions of this thesis are a more sophisticated definition of mobile learning, methodological models that allow for this definition to be evidenced, an analytical framework that coheres the disparate data points being evidenced through mobile technology, and a more holistic presentation of mobile learning than has been presented in research on South Korean higher education.
Supervisor: Potter, J. ; Winters, N. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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