Frontrunners in ICT: Kenyan runners’ improvement in training, informal learning and economic opportunities using smartphones
Per Olof Hansson, Linköping University, Sweden
William Jobe, Stockholm University, Sweden
The primary aim of this research was to study how mobile technology shapes, changes, and develops informal learning outside the classroom and school environment. In this study we provided each of the 30 Kenyan elite runners with a simple Android smartphone and free Internet for one year. This research project was a developmental intervention with a participatory action research approach, and aimed to facilitate innovation and examine how the runners developed their training, informal learning, and economic opportunities using a smartphone. Logs and tracking of smartphone usage recorded quantitative data, and interviews and participatory observations gathered qualitative data. Key findings were that the smartphone improved the runners’ training and race performance and created business opportunities. Second, a smartphone with an Internet connection empowered marginalized groups and augmented informal learning opportunities.
Read the full article at: International Journal of Education and Development using ICT – Vol. 10, No. 4 (2014).
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