Title: Embedding teacher scaffolding in a mobile technology supported collaborative learning environment in English reading class: students' learning outcomes, engagement, and attitudes
Authors: Qiwen Xu; Daner Sun; Ying Zhan
Addresses: Department of Mathematics and Information Technology, The Educational University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong ' Department of Mathematics and Information Technology, The Educational University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong ' Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Abstract: As one of the effective strategies, teacher scaffolding in technology supported language learning needs more exploration considering the advance of technologies and the needs of students. This study implemented an innovative reading program that integrated teacher scaffolding into a mobile technology supported collaborative learning environment to engage students of English as a foreign language in reading activities and to develop motivations in reading. The program was supported by a learning management system of Edmodo, and was conducted in a local secondary school. During implementation, multiple data such as reading test results, log data and interview data were collected to examine student learning outcomes, engagement, and attitudes. The findings confirmed the positive impacts the program made on students' reading performance. The study also identified the effective features of the learning system and the provision of teacher scaffoldings, which will inform future design of school-based language learning programs supported by mobile technologies.
Keywords: mobile technology supported collaborative learning; teacher scaffolding; Edmodo learning management system; English reading; English as a foreign language.
International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2023 Vol.17 No.1/2, pp.280 - 302
Received: 08 Dec 2020
Accepted: 11 Jun 2021
Published online: 18 Jan 2023 *