The innovative immersion of mobile learning into a science curriculum in Singapore: An exploratory study

Daner SUN, Chee-Kit LOOI, Longkai WU, Wenting XIE

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With advancements made in mobile technology, increasing emphasis has been paid to how to leverage the affordances of mobile technology to improve science learning and instruction. This paper reports on a science curriculum supported by an inquiry-based framework and mobile technologies. It was developed by teachers and researchers in a multiyear program of school-based research. The focus of this paper is on the design principles of the curriculum and its enactment, and the establishment of a teacher learning community. Through elucidating the design features of the innovative curriculum and evaluating teacher and student involvement in science instruction and learning, we introduce the science curriculum, called Mobilized 5E Science Curriculum (M5ESC), and present a representative case study of how one experienced teacher and her class adopted the curriculum. The findings indicate the intervention promoted this teacher’s questioning competency, enabled her to interact with students frequently and flexibly in class, and supported her technology use for promoting different levels of cognition. Student learning was also improved in terms of test achievement and activity performance in and out of the classroom. We propose that the study can be used to guide the learning design of mobile technology-supported curricula, as well as teacher professional development for curriculum enactment. Copyright © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-573
JournalResearch in Science Education
Issue number4
Early online dateAug 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016



Sun, D., Looi, C.-K., Wu, L., & Xie, W. (2016). The innovative immersion of mobile learning into a science curriculum in Singapore: An exploratory study. Research in Science Education, 46(4), 547-573.


  • Learning community
  • Mobile technology
  • Science curriculum
  • Teacher changes