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Mobile Learning in the Global South

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John Cook
15 February 2014

John Traxler

Learning with mobiles seems to have obvious advantages as an educational technology in what is often called the ‘developing world’ or the ‘global South’ and there is indeed currently a lot of activity and interest. This does however often seem to be informed by inappropriate theorising or by none at all. The purpose of this paper is to encourage the mobile learning research community to theorise critically about ‘development’ issues and make tentative steps towards recognising and incorporating some of the theoretical work of the development studies community into more appropriate forms of mobile learning for the global South. In many senses this is at the boundaries of mobile learning. The paper draws on a book chapter containing full references and attempts to outline a new research agenda.

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