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Using Mobile Learning Technologies as a Catalyst for Educational Change in Early Childhood Education: A Western Australian Schools-University Partnership Model

, , Notre Dame University of Australia, Fremantle, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper discusses the design and implementation of a research investigation into how mobile learning technologies can enhance early childhood education in two public sector schools set in Perth, Western Australia. The research is a three year doctoral study that tracks educational change as experienced by university academics, undergraduate pre-service teachers, practising teachers, school leaders and parents. A case study method is adopted to generate insights into educational change at different levels in two schools and a university. This paper explores the development of partnerships at macro- and micro-levels including decision-making processes that underpin the selection of hardware and software; commitment of participating organisations; involvement of parents in developing their technological knowledge; and the sharing of pedagogical and technological knowledge between undergraduate pre-service teachers and practicing teachers.


Macnish, J. & Bate, F. (2013). Using Mobile Learning Technologies as a Catalyst for Educational Change in Early Childhood Education: A Western Australian Schools-University Partnership Model. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 585-591). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 25, 2019 from .

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