You use! I use! We use! Questioning the orthodoxy of 1:1 computing in primary schools

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Larkin, Kevin. 2011. "You use! I use! We use! Questioning the orthodoxy of 1:1 computing in primary schools." Journal of Research on Technology in Education. 44 (2), pp. 101-120. https://doi.org/10.1080/15391523.2011.10782581
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You use! I use! We use! Questioning the orthodoxy of 1:1 computing in primary schools

ERA Journal ID20277
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorLarkin, Kevin
EditorsSchrum, Lynne
Journal TitleJournal of Research on Technology in Education
Journal Citation44 (2), pp. 101-120
Number of Pages20
Year2011
Place of PublicationEugene, OR, United States
ISSN0888-6504
1539-1523
1945-0818
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/15391523.2011.10782581
Web Address (URL)http://www.iste.org/Store/Product.aspx?ID=2288
Abstract

The current orthodoxy regarding computer use in schools appears to be that 1:1 computing, i.e. each child owns or has sole access to a computing device, is the most efficacious way to achieve a range of desirable educational outcomes including individualised learning, collaborative environments or constructivist pedagogies. This article challenges this notion suggesting instead that 1:2 computing is an appropriate means of achieving such aims in Primary School. It further suggests that 1:2 computing is preferable to 1:1 computing to achieve a balance between productivity, student engagement, social activity and individualised learning.
This article draws on data collected during the 2009 school year from four, Year 7 Classrooms (11-13 year old students) who had varied patterns of access to netbook computers. Detailed information was collected from two pieces of software installed in each computer. Data were analysed through an Activity Theory conceptual and methodological lens. Recommendations from this research will assist school leaders make informed decisions regarding 1:1 and 1:2 computing.

Keywordscomputing; primary education; qualitative research; activity theory; 1:1 computing; decision making
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
520402. Decision making
390304. Primary education
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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