, Volume 63, Issue 6, pp 711–722 | Cite as

Learning About Mobile Learning: Pre-Service Teachers’ Perspectives

  • Boris HandalEmail author
  • Chris Campbell
  • Tim Perkins
Original Paper


This exploratory research project characterised the degree of adoption of mobile learning devices among 149 fourth year pre-service teachers (PST) studying education. It also examined the impact of perceptions about possibilities and constraints in the adoption of mobile devices in schools. The findings reveal that pre-service teachers were generally at the fourth of a six-stage continuum of technological adoption that can be characterized as familiarity and confidence which was one level higher than academic staff. Some of those constraints appear to reside on equity issues, lack of mobile learning support resources, pedagogically unproductive use of mobile tools and student distractedness. Gender did not have a major impact on participants’ opinions but access to a mobile tablet did.


Mobile learning Pre-service teachers Zone of free movement, K-12 education Initial teacher education 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Notre Dame AustraliaSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Cut Through – Coaching and ConsultingNew South WalesAustralia

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