ERIC Number: ED272859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Microcomputers on Children's Attention to Reading Tasks.
Zuk, Dorie; Danner, Fred
A study investigated the effects of microcomputers on children's attention to reading tasks and the relationship between previous reading achievement and grade level on such attentional behavior. Fifty-five third and fifth graders read two stories each, one presented on a microcomputer and one presented in print. Television cartoons and rock music were presented as a distraction during the readings. Videotapes of the subjects were used to determine each subject's frequency of instances off task (FOT), cumulative time off task (TOT), and total completion time (TCT). The results indicated subjects took longer to complete the story presented on the microcomputer than one presented in text, although more subjects preferred the microcomputer presentation to the text presentation. Fifth graders were off task fewer times than third graders and completed the task faster than the third graders. In addition, significant differences were found between good, average, and poor reading achievement groups for FOT, TCT, and comprehension scores. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).