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Mobile knowledge: driving a paradigm shift

West, Deborah S. and Thompson, Samantha (2015). Mobile knowledge: driving a paradigm shift. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education,7(1):43-54.

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IRMA ID 84550754xPUB26
Title Mobile knowledge: driving a paradigm shift
Author West, Deborah S.
Thompson, Samantha
Journal Name Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 7
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1758-1184   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84959886672
Start Page 43
End Page 54
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Field of Research EDUCATION
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Purpose
– The purpose of this paper is to challenge higher education professors and institutions to consider their role and practice in light of the changing landscape of higher education. It draws attention to the substantial changes taking place in society due to the technological and related knowledge revolution and questions the value of the current paradigm of educational practice.


– This conceptual paper utilises a sociological lens to explore the future of higher education learning and teaching. It draws on a range of literature to focus on the concepts of mobile education and mobile knowledge and explores these concepts in relation to the role and function of the professor and the university and the implication for pedagogy, curriculum design and teaching practice.

– While changes in higher education are taking place, they are largely within the current paradigm. With knowledge freely available via technology, the university is no longer the primary holder of knowledge and students are less likely to engage in content delivery styles of education. It is time therefore to consider the shape of education in a new mobile knowledge paradigm.

– This paper draws on a range of existing literature from several fields to highlight the need for a new paradigm in higher education pedagogy.
Keywords Higher education pedagogy
Mobile education
Mobile knowledge
Mobile learning
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