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ERIC Number: ED317192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 18
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The Effects of Computer Usage on Computer Screen Reading Rate.
Clausing, Carolyn S.; Schmitt, Dorren Rafael
This study investigated the differences in the reading rate of eighth grade students on a cloze reading exercise involving the reading of text from a computer monitor. Several different modes of presentation were used in order to determine the effect of prior experience with computers on the students' reading rate. Subjects were 240 eighth grade students selected from computer literacy classes in seven schools located in a large suburban area. They were randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups: white text on black background, black text on white background, white text on light blue background, and black text on light blue background. A Pearson correlation was used to analyze differences based on questions relating to previous computer usage. In addition, a two-way factorial analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed using type of user and color group as the independent variables, with reading rate as the dependent variable. Neither the effect of color nor the amount of previous computer experience was found to be statistically significant in influencing reading rate. Correlation and ANOVA data are presented in two tables. (19 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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