International students’ reading digital texts on tablets: experiences and strategies

Abstract

This multiple case study investigated four university-level international students’ reading of digital texts on tablets. The study describes these students’ experiences with and strategies for mobile reading. The participants were four international students in the United States, and their first language (L1) was not English. The data were collected through observations, verbal reports, interviews, and field notes. The findings showed that participants had both positive and negative experiences using tablets for reading and that mobile reading facilitated their learning about their lives, language, culture, and technology. The study shows that the participants used six reading strategies: (a) setting up the purpose, (b) deciding what to read, (c) accessing a digital text, (d) dialoguing, (e) making a connection, and (f) using applications and digital literacy skills. The article discusses mobile reading, with a focus on strategies, affordances and processes, as well as cultural learning and empowerment.

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Park, HR., Kim, D. & Vorobel, O. International students’ reading digital texts on tablets: experiences and strategies. J Comput High Educ 32, 476–504 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12528-019-09242-x

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  • International students
  • Reading of digital texts
  • Mobile reading
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