Project Details

The Distracted Student? Engaging Competing Texts and (Re)Constructing Authority to guide Learning and Discovery

Recent studies demonstrate that college students routinely use their laptops and mobile phones to perform “extracurricular” activities in class. This study explores how students who have “grown up digital” often simultaneously interact with communication technologies, their professors and their peers in the college classroom and how educators can best facilitate student engagement and learning in mediated contexts. This project seeks to a) assess students’ communicative practices, particularly their engagement with professorial and peer voices, and course texts used in the classroom amidst attending to potential competing messages on mobile devices, and b) investigate professors’ perceptions and communicative strategies as they constitute their authority to guide students to achieve targeted learning outcomes.

Commencement Date : 2015/9
Completion Date : 2016/12
Chief Investigator(s) : SHUTER, Robert *
Co-Chief Investigator(s) : CHEONG, Pauline *
Keyword(s) : communication technologies   classroom behavior   authority  

*Investigator from an outside institution/organization

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