Abstract—This study investigates the uses of mobile phone in
the classroom and compares the attitudes of students in
different genders towards the use of mobile phones in a Chinese
university, to explore the influence of gender. The mixed
research strategy was adopted to collect both quantitative and
qualitative data. One hundred fifty-three undergraduates from
a university in southwest China participated in the survey
through questionnaires, and nine of them were interviewed in
groups. The results indicated that there was no difference
between men and women in their uses of mobile phones in the
classroom and attitudes. However, girls were more likely than
boys to use the affordances of content generation and education
of mobile phones. The results showed that mobile phones were
minimally used in education. Implications are presented for
guiding students’ use of mobile phones to assist the classroom
learning. Suggestions for future research are provided.
Index Terms—Gender, mobile phones, attitudes, classroom use.
The author is with Sichuan University, China (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Yelinjing Liu, "Use of Mobile Phones in the Classroom by College Students and Their Perceptions in Relation to Gender: A Case Study in China," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 320-326, 2020.Copyright © 2020 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).