Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Pamela Scott

Committee Members

Rosalind Gann, Eric Glover, Donald Good


The researcher addressed the need for understanding student perceptions and habits of academic cell phone use within a high school environment in regards to student characteristics. Data were gathered and analyzed in order to answer research questions regarding student perceptions of: (a) the usefulness of cell phones as an academic tool, (b) the use of cell phones within school and outside of school for academic purposes, (c) the encouragement of cell phone use to complete assignments, (d) the potential for distractions within the classroom occurring from cell phone use, and (e) the functionality of cell phones for completion of school work. A quantitative research design was used in this study. Data were collected through the employment of a researcher-designed cross-sectional survey to gather data from one point in time from 175 respondents. Quantitative data were analyzed by frequency distributions and cross tabulations of responses to closed-end survey questions. It was found that students favored the use of cell phones for academic purposes. The implications of this study show the potential for expanded cell phone use as academic tools in high schools as a medium to promote mobile learning.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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