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Title: Learning with portable computers
Author(s): Gardner, John
Morrison, Hugh
Jarman, Ruth
Reilly, Claire
McNally, Helen
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Issue Date: Jan-1994
Citation: Gardner J, Morrison H, Jarman R, Reilly C & McNally H (1994) Learning with portable computers, Computers and Education, 22 (1-2), pp. 161-171.
Abstract: This paper provides an overview of the main findings of the Pupils' Learning and Access to Information Technology (PLAIT) project, a project designed to investigate the impact of using portable computers on pupils' learning. The research was undertaken in nine schools with 235 pupils each having full-time ownership of a personal portable computer over one school year. The evaluation involved quantitative and qualitative methods and the findings are reported under two main headings: the potential of portables for enhancing learning and issues related to operationalizing their use. The results suggest that U.K. curriculum design encourages separation of process-based learning from content-based learning and is militating against the potential for information technology to impact on pupils' learning.
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