Skip to main content
×
Home

Research trends in mobile assisted language learning from 2000 to 2012

  • Guler Duman (a1), Gunseli Orhon (a2) and Nuray Gedik (a3)
Abstract
Abstract

In order to trace how mobile assisted language learning (MALL) has evolved in recent years, we analysed studies published from 2000 to 2012 to examine their characteristics and research trends. These studies were published in international journals listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). Sixty-nine studies that fit the time frame and study parameters were examined using a classification form. The results indicate that research in the field increased at a fast pace from 2008 and reached a peak in 2012. Teaching vocabulary with the use of cell phones and PDAs has remained popular over this period. A significant number of studies did not base their research on any theoretical framework. Applied and design-based research dominated the field, and these studies generally adopted quantitative research methods. Reflecting on these results, we suggest directions for future research and practices in the field.

Copyright
References
Hide All
Aitchison J. (1998) The articulate mammal: An introduction to psycholinguistics (4th ed.). London/New York: Routledge.
Attewell J. (2005) From research and development to mobile learning: Tools for education and training providers and their learners. Proceedings of 4th World Conference on mLearning, 1–6. Cape Town, South Africa.
Begum R. (2011) Prospect for cell phones as instructional tools in the EFL classroom: A case study of Jahangimagar University, Bangladesh. English Language Teaching (ELT), 4(1): 105115.
Bozkaya M., Aydın I. E. and Kumtepe E. G. (2012) Research trends and issues in educational technology: A content analysis of TOJET (2008–2011). Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology (TOJET), 11(2): 264277.
Burston J. (2013) Mobile-assisted language learning: A selected annotated bibliography of implementation studies 1994–2012. Language Learning & Technology, 17(3): 157225.
Burston J. (2014a) The reality of MALL project implementations: Still on the fringes. CALICO Journal, 31(1): 4365.
Burston J. (2014b) Twenty years of MALL project implementation: A meta-analysis of learning outcomes. ReCALL, 27(1): 117.
Chen C. M. and Chung C. J. (2008) Personalized mobile English vocabulary learning system based on item response theory and learning memory cycle. Computers & Education, 51(2): 624645.
Chen C.-M. and Li Y.-L. (2010) Personalised context-aware ubiquitous learning system for supporting effective English vocabulary learning. Interactive Learning Environments, 18(4): 341364.
Cheung W. S. and Hew K. F. (2009) A review of research methodologies used in studies on mobile handheld devices in K-12 and higher education settings. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(2): 153183.
Chinnery G. M. (2006) Emerging technologies: Going to the MALL: Mobile assisted language learning. Language Learning & Technology, 10(1): 916.
Creswell J. W. (2008) Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Design-Based Research Collective. (2003) Design-based research: An emerging paradigm for educational inquiry. Educational Researcher, 32(1): 58.
Göktaş Y., Küçük S., Aydemir M., Telli E., Arpacık Ö., Yıldırım G. and Reisoğlu İ. (2012) Educational technology research trends in Turkey: A content analysis of the 2000–2009 decade. Educational Sciences: Theory & Practice, 12(1): 191196.
Hannafin R. D. and Young M. (2008) Research on educational technologies. In: Spector, M., Merrill, M. D., Merrienboer, J. V. and Driscoll, M. (eds.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology. New York: Routledge, 731739.
Harry B., Sturges K. M. and Klinger J. K. (2005) Mapping the process: An exemplar of process and challenge in grounded theory analysis. Educational Researcher, 34(2): 313.
Huberman A. M. and Miles M. B. (2002) The qualitative researcher’s companion. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Hung J. L. and Zhang K. (2012) Examining mobile learning trends 2003–2008: A categorical meta-trend analysis using text mining techniques. Journal of Computer Higher Education, 24: 117.
Hwang G. J. and Tsai C. C. (2011) Research trend in mobile and ubiquitous learning: A review of publications in selected journals from 2001 to 2010. British Journal of Education Technology, 42(4): E65E70.
Johnson B. and Christensen L. (2004) Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc.
Johnson L., Adams Becker S., Cummins M., Estrada V., Freeman A. and Ludgate H. (2013) NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
Johnson R. B. and Onwuegbuzie A. J. (2004) Mixed methods research: A research paradigm whose time has come. Educational Researcher, 33(7): 1426.
Kelly A. E. and Lesh R. A. (2000) Trends and shifts in research methods. In: Kelly, A. E. and Lesh, R. A. (eds.), Handbook of research design in mathematics and science education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 3544.
Kukulska-Hulme A. (2005) Current uses of wireless and mobile learning – Landscape study on the use of mobile and wireless technologies for teaching and learning in the Post-16 sector. JISC-funded project. Retrieved May 24, 2013 from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/Current%20Uses%20FINAL%202005.doc.
Kukulska-Hulme A. (2006) Mobile usability in educational contexts: What have we learnt? Mlearn 2006 Conference, 20–26 October, Banff, Canada. 20(3): 271–289.
Kukulska-Hulme A. (2009) Will mobile learning change language learning? ReCALL, 21(2): 157165.
Kukulska-Hulme A. (2013) Mobile-assisted language learning. In: C. Chapelle (ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. New York: Wiley, 37013709.
Kukulska-Hulme A. and Shield L. (2008) An overview of mobile assisted language learning: From content delivery to supported collaboration and interaction. ReCALL, 20(3): 271289.
Lu M. (2008) Effectiveness of vocabulary learning via mobile phone. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 24(6): 515525.
Masood M. (2004) Trends and issues as reflected in traditional educational literature: A content analysis. Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, Indiana University, USA.
Miller D. C. and Salkind N. J. (eds.) (2002) Handbook of research design and social measurement (6th edn.). California: Sage Publications.
Oh E. and Reeves T. C. (2010) The implications of the differences between design research and instructional systems design for educational technology researchers and practitioners. Educational Media International, 47(4): 263275.
Patton M. (2002) Qualitative research and evaluation methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Pęcherzewska A. and Knot S. (2007) Review of existing EU projects dedicated to dyslexia, gaming in education and m-learning. WR08 Report to CallDysc project. Retrieved November 24, 2011 from http://www.docstoc.com/docs/40115316/WR08---Existing-EU-Projects-review.
Reeves T. C. (2000) Enhancing the worth of instructional technology research through “design experiments” and other development research strategies. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. http://treeves.coe.uga.edu/AERA2000Reeves.pdf.
Reeves T. C., Herrington J. and Oliver R. (2005) Design research: A socially responsible approach to instructional technology research in higher education. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 16(2): 96115.
Regan M., Mabogunje Nash J. and Licata D. (2000) Mobile learning. Retrieved November 13, 2011 from http://sll.stanford.edu/projects/mobilelearning.
Ross S. M. and Morrison G. R. (2008) Research on instructional strategies. In: Spector, M., Merrill, M. D., Merrienboer, J. V. and Driscoll, M. (eds.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology. New York: Routledge, 719730.
Ross S. M., Morrison G. R. and Lowther D. L. (2005) Using experimental methods in higher education. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 16(2): 3964.
Saran M., Seferoglu G. and Cagiltay K. (2009) Mobile assisted language learning: English pronunciation at learners’ fingertips. Eurasian Journal of Educational Research, 34: 97114.
Sharples M., Milrad M., Arnedillo-Sánchez I., Milrad M. and Vavoula G. (2009) Mobile learning: small devices, big issues. In: Balacheff, N., Ludvigsen, S., Jong, T., Lazonder, A. and Barnes, S. (eds.), Technology enhanced learning: Principles and products. Heidelberg: Springer, 233249.
Sözbilir M. and Kutu H. (2008) Development and current status of science education research in Turkey. Essays in Education, [Special Issue], 122.
Stockwell G. (2007) Vocabulary on the move: Investigating an intelligent mobile phone-based vocabulary tutor. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 20(4): 365383.
Stockwell G. (2010) Using mobile phones for vocabulary activities: Examining the effect of the platform. Language Learning & Technology, 14(2): 95110.
Tallent-Runnels M. K., Thomas J. A., Lan W. Y., Cooper S., Ahern T. C., Shaw S. M. and Liu X. (2006) Teaching courses online: A review of the research. Review of Educational Research, 76(1): 93135.
Thornton P. and Houser C. (2005) Using mobile phones in English education in Japan. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 21(3): 217228.
Traxler J. (2005) Mobile learning: It’s here, but what is it? Interactions, 9(1). Retrieved November 24, 2011 from http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/resource/interactions/archive/issue25/traxler.
Traxler J. (2007) Defining, discussing and evaluating mobile learning: The moving finger writes and having writ…. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 8(2): 112.
Viberg O. and Grönlund Å. (2012) Mobile assisted language learning: A literature review. mLearn 2012. 11th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, Helsinki, Finland.
Wang F. and Hannafin M. J. (2005) Design-based research and technology-enhanced learning environments. Educational Technology Research and Development, 53(4): 523.
Webster J. and Watson R. T. (2002) Analyzing the past to prepare for the future: Writing a literature review. MIS Quarterly, 26(2): 1323.
Wingkvist A. and Ericsson M. (2011) A survey of research methods and purposes in mobile learning. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL), 3(1): 117.
Woodill G. (ed.) (2011) The mobile learning edge. New York: McGraw Hill.
Wu W.-H., Wu Y.-C. J., Chen C.-Y., Kao H.-Y., Lin C.-H. and Huang S.-H. (2012) Review of trends from mobile learning studies: A meta-analysis. Computers & Education, 59: 817827.
Ya F. Y., Ching J. C. and Chih K. C. (2013) Mobile assisted language learning: Overview of literature from 2008 to 2012. The 21st International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2013), Denpasar Bali, Indonesia.
Zawacki-Richter O., Bäcker E. M. and Vogt S. (2009) Review of distance education research (2000 to 2008): Analysis of research areas, methods, and authorship patterns. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(6): 2145.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

ReCALL
  • ISSN: 0958-3440
  • EISSN: 1474-0109
  • URL: /core/journals/recall
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Keywords:

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 21
Total number of PDF views: 389 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 1412 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 25th November 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.