Using Mobile Tools to Support Meaningful Work-based Learning in Vocational Education


  • Hanna Vuojärvi Faculty of Education/Centre for Media Pedagogy University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Miikka Eriksson School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education University of Eastern Finland



work-based learning, mobile learning, pedagogical models, design-based research, vocational education


This case study focused on meaningful work-based learning (WBL) and the pedagogical use of mobile information and communication technologies (ICTs) in vocational tourism education. The aim was to reveal how teaching/tutoring and learning are realized and how the use of smartphones supports the realization of meaningful learning characteristics during WBL periods in highly versatile environments. Within a design-based research framework, the data was collected through learning journals written by students and qualitative interviews. The results of thematic analysis were used to develop a practice-oriented pedagogical model for meaningful WBL. The model visualizes the roles of students, teachers, and companies involved in WBL, the meaningful learning characteristics that can be amplified through the use of mobile ICTs, and the outcomes for each stakeholder. The model suggests structuring WBL through four negotiations involving a student, a teacher, and a company to assure that each student has clearly formulated learning goals and possibilities to pursue those goals regardless of the mobility of their work or facilities during their WBL period.




How to Cite

Vuojärvi, H., & Eriksson, M. (2016). Using Mobile Tools to Support Meaningful Work-based Learning in Vocational Education., 12(2).