The Need to Engage With Smartphones and Social Network Sites (SNSs) at Korean Universities

The Need to Engage With Smartphones and Social Network Sites (SNSs) at Korean Universities

Thomas E. Webster (Ewha Womans University, South Korea)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1282-1.ch006
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The disparity between the pervasiveness of Smartphone and SNS use in Korean society, and the near absence of systematic engagement with educational approaches to their use could not be starker. This is even more perplexing in second language learning where contemporary communicative practices are underpinned by the assumption that they will enable students to apply lessons to real life circumstances outside the classroom. As found in an extensive study on teachers' perceptions and uses of technology, teachers often lack motivation to make changes owing to a lack of reliable resources, training, and professional development support. This chapter, therefore, provides the underpinning for a new theoretical approach to promoting a more culturally holistic engagement with technology, Smartphones, and SNS use at Korean universities and education in general.
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Barriers To Technology Use At Korean Universities

The call to expand the view of the barriers to technology use beyond isolated variables to a more holistic consideration began nearly two decades ago (Becker, 2000; van den Berg, 2002). Even then, this may be seen as a natural reaction to the overabundance of specific barriers to integration that had been identified, with some implicitly suggesting that there are few factors in education which do not seem to play at least a minor role in technology integration. For instance, consider what Becker, in 2000, provided as an explanation of the necessary factors for successful integration:

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