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Forbidden and necessary: making sense of smartphones in vocational teaching
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration. (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3401-2013
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1390-8379
2023 (English)In: Journal of Workplace Learning, ISSN 1366-5626, E-ISSN 1758-7859Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The digitalization of schools has intensified in recent years. It is reflected in policy documents as well as in extensive investments in digital technology and professional development initiatives to promote digitalization. At the same time, attempts are being made to “tame” the same digitization sometimes by regulations banning smartphones in class. This study aims to examine how smartphones are interpreted by vocational teachers in Sweden using the theoretical lens of technological frames.

Design/methodology/approach – The data consist of ten semi-structured interviews with vocational teachers, representing eight vocational programs in Sweden.

Findings – The results show breadth in how teachers understand, interpret and relate to the smartphone in vocational education. The authors show how the smartphone often forms an integral part of professional work and is thus difficult to separate from vocational teaching and nurturing vocational competencies.

Originality/value – The authors’ contributions include using technological frames to explore how smartphones are interpreted and understood by vocational teachers by demonstrating how they relate to the nature of the smartphone, the strategy for the smartphone and the smartphone in use. The theoretical framework is used to interpret restrictions on technology use, in this case a smartphone, in education. The results could be of interest to researchers as well as to teachers, school leaders and policymakers.

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2023.
Keywords [en]
Smartphones, Vocational education, Technological frames, Teachers, Digitalization
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20617DOI: 10.1108/jwl-03-2023-0040Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85164460239OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-20617DiVA, id: diva2:1789992
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Swedish Research Council, 2019-03607
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Available from: 2023-08-22 Created: 2023-08-22 Last updated: 2023-11-13

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