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Using mobile phones to reveal the complexities of the school journey.

Bamford, Will and Coulton, Paul and Walker, Marion and Whyatt, Duncan and Davies, Gemma and Pooley, Colin (2008) Using mobile phones to reveal the complexities of the school journey. In: MobileHCI '08 Proceedings of the 10th international conference on Human computer interaction with mobile devices and services. ACM, New York, pp. 283-292. ISBN 978-1-59593-952-4

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Abstract

In this paper, we present findings of a research project in which mobile phones were used as part of a multi-methods approach to analyze the effects of air pollution on children’s journeys to and from school. In particular, we will present the results from the space-time blogs generated by 30 Year 8 pupils (aged 12-13) on their school journeys during four periods of study across the seasons of a year. The blogs were generated by the teenagers using a specially created application running on a mobile phone linked to a Bluetooth GPS unit and consist of spatially and temporally-referenced texts and images together with a record of their route using GPS coordinates stored at one second intervals. Whilst the blogs generated considerable amounts of quantitative information, particularly when coupled with the pollution profiles of the routes the teenagers travelled, it is the range of qualitative information revealed in the interviews with the teenagers after each study period, using the routes and blogs as a trigger that demonstrates the benefits of the multi-methods approach. In particular, we highlight some of the depth of contextual information revealed not only in regard to the use of the phone application and GPS unit but also the complex social factors which contribute to formation of the school journey.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobile ; Blogging ; photo ; GPS ; travel ; school ; pollution ; health
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 21187
Deposited By: Dr Paul Coulton
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2008 09:02
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:57
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/21187

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