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An Overview of Mobile Learning for Refugee Students: Juxtaposing Refugee Needs with Mobile Applications’ Characteristics

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Department of Preschool Education, Faculty of Education, University of Crete, 74100 Crete, Greece
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Hellenic Open University, 26335 Patras, Greece
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Challenges 2020, 11(2), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe11020031
Received: 28 October 2020 / Revised: 8 December 2020 / Accepted: 11 December 2020 / Published: 16 December 2020
The mass influx of refugees into Europe since 2013 and their educational challenges have increased the need for high-quality refugee education. One proposal for addressing these challenges was to leverage mobile devices for educational purposes (mobile learning). Although significant research has been done in this field, mobile learning’s effectiveness on different social groups has yet to be explored. The present review paper aims to outline: (a) the factors that challenge refugee education, (b) the use of smart mobile devices by the refugee population, (c) the conflicting views about the effect of mobile learning in refugee education, and (d) the proposed characteristics for mobile refugee applications as found in the literature. A juxtaposition of refugee needs with the characteristics of mobile learning apps is attempted. By surveying the literature, the present paper concludes that mobile learning seems beneficial for refugees in two ways: providing refugees access to education and improving the quality of the provided refugee education. However, it is not a one-solution-fits-all regarding their education. At the end, future research proposals are included. View Full-Text
Keywords: refugees; refugee education; mobile learning; mobile applications; smart mobile devices refugees; refugee education; mobile learning; mobile applications; smart mobile devices
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Drolia, M.; Sifaki, E.; Papadakis, S.; Kalogiannakis, M. An Overview of Mobile Learning for Refugee Students: Juxtaposing Refugee Needs with Mobile Applications’ Characteristics. Challenges 2020, 11, 31. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe11020031

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Drolia M, Sifaki E, Papadakis S, Kalogiannakis M. An Overview of Mobile Learning for Refugee Students: Juxtaposing Refugee Needs with Mobile Applications’ Characteristics. Challenges. 2020; 11(2):31. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe11020031

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Drolia, Maria; Sifaki, Eirini; Papadakis, Stamatios; Kalogiannakis, Michail. 2020. "An Overview of Mobile Learning for Refugee Students: Juxtaposing Refugee Needs with Mobile Applications’ Characteristics" Challenges 11, no. 2: 31. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe11020031

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