The Students’ Readiness to Engage with Mobile Learning Apps

Camilleri, M.A. & Camilleri, A.C. (2019). The Students’ Readiness to Engage with Mobile Learning Apps. Interactive Technology and Smart Education. doi: 10.1108/ITSE-06-2019-0027

18 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2019

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Mark Anthony Camilleri

University of Malta; University of Edinburgh

Adriana Camilleri

University of Bath - Department of Psychology

Date Written: September 18, 2019

Abstract

Purpose: A relevant literature review suggests that today’s children are increasingly immersing themselves in ubiquitous technologies, including interactive media and digital games. Therefore, this paper aims to investigate the primary school students’ intrinsic and extrinsic motivations toward learning via gameplay through their mobile devices, at home and at school.

Design/methodology/approach: This study was carried out among primary school students in a small European state. It used valid and reliable measures that comprised the technology acceptance model’s key constructs. However, the empirical investigation also explored the students’ perceived enjoyment and social influences, as plausible antecedents for their behavioral intention to engage with the educational applications (apps).

Findings: The findings reported that there were strong correlations between the students’ perceived usefulness of the mobile technologies and their behavioral intention to use them for their learning. The results also indicated that there was no significant relationship between the perceived ease of use and the children’s enjoyment in engaging with the educational apps that were used at school.

Originality/value: To the best of the authors’ knowledge, there is no other study in academia that has explored the children’s technology acceptance, normative pressures and their intrinsic motivations to use mobile learning technologies in the context of primary education. Therefore, this contribution opens future research directions, as this study can be replicated in other contexts.

Keywords: mobile learning, technology acceptance model, perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness, perceived enjoyment, normative pressures, behavioral intention, educational apps.

JEL Classification: O3, O30, O33, O35, I2, I20, I21

Suggested Citation

Camilleri, Mark and Camilleri, Adriana, The Students’ Readiness to Engage with Mobile Learning Apps (September 18, 2019). Camilleri, M.A. & Camilleri, A.C. (2019). The Students’ Readiness to Engage with Mobile Learning Apps. Interactive Technology and Smart Education. doi: 10.1108/ITSE-06-2019-0027, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3460550

Mark Camilleri (Contact Author)

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University of Edinburgh

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Adriana Camilleri

University of Bath - Department of Psychology ( email )

United Kingdom

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