2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Screens vs. Paper


Jory W. Knernschield*, Evan Milner, and John Micka
Dr. Janice Clark and Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentors

      Many students find it more convenient to take notes on a computer instead of a notebook.  In addition, teachers are presenting class content digitally through projection and uploads to the internet.  Because technology is an increasing factor in everyday life, the purpose of this research was to determine if students process information differently when it is presented on a screen compared to paper.  

     Over the course of one week, 68 students volunteered to take similar timed, standardized tests on screen and paper and answered questions about their screen habits.  Scores and survey answers were compared for accuracy and analyzed to determine whether increased screen exposure on a regular basis affects student’s ability to process information on the different media.  Results from this study may be used by students to adjust study habits and to decide which textbook format to purchase (hardcopy or ebook), and could assist faculty decisions to present classroom information using either format.  

Keywords: Screens, Paper, Comprehension, ebooks, Textbooks, Digital, Notes, Computer

Topic(s):Health Science
Psychology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 10-
Location: GEO - SUB
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