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Students’ use of one to one laptops: a capability approach analysis
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1076-3442
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatik)
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3713-346X
2013 (English)In: Information Technology and People, ISSN 0959-3845, E-ISSN 1758-5813, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 94-112Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - We evaluate effects of students’ 1:1 laptop use from a capability perspective by investigating increases and decreases of students’ opportunities and choices. We investigate changes that have taken place and how these changes enable or restrict students to do and be what they desire.

Design/methodology/approach – We undertake an interpretive case study based on group interviews and questionnaires. Sen’s capability approach is used as theoretical framework and has informed the data collection and the analysis.

Findings – 1:1 laptops in schools have provided students with new opportunities and choices, but also restricted others. An evident opportunity is the equalization of access to computers. Other opportunities relate to schoolwork efficiency and increased access to information. Gains also include the use of different media for overcoming disabilities or to fit individual learning styles. Regarding students’ well-being, a “fun” learning environment is mentioned. However, the “fun” is often about playing games or using social media – something which diverts the students’ attention from the learning. Students also find that they are less social, too computer dependent, and that they miss using pen and paper. Additionally, health issues such as back problems and headaches are reported, as well as an increased risk of being robbed.

Originality/value – Most research on 1:1 laptops in education focuses on easily quantifiable measures and reports from a teacher perspective. We take a broader approach and investigate the impact 1:1 laptops have on students’ well-being and agency. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013. Vol. 26, no 1, p. 94-112
Keywords [en]
1:1 laptops, ICT supported learning, education, the capability approach
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-26929DOI: 10.1108/09593841311307169ISI: 000318378300005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84874811370OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-26929DiVA, id: diva2:589525
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UnosUnoAvailable from: 2013-01-18 Created: 2013-01-18 Last updated: 2020-01-30Bibliographically approved
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1. The capability approach in ict4d research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The capability approach in ict4d research
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2013. p. 195
Series
Örebro Studies in Business - Dissertations ; 6Örebro Studies in Informatics
Keywords
ICT4D, the capability approach, development as freedom, education, ICT, development
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Informatics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-27673 (URN)978-91-7668-937-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-06-04, Hörsal M, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2013-02-25 Created: 2013-02-25 Last updated: 2020-01-30Bibliographically approved

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