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ERIC Number: ED433359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-17
Pages: 12
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Using a PDA for Field Data Collection.
Hecht, Jeffrey B.
Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) allow users a small profile, battery-operated, and relatively low-cost way to take many of the capabilities of a personal computer into the field. This combination of features suggests a great potential for the use of a PDA as a field data collection instrument. This research compared the use of one kind of PDA (the Pilot by U.S. Robotics) for this purpose. Seventy-five participants took part in a study comparing the usefulness of a paper-and-pencil data collection strategy, an optical mark recognition (OMR) form, and the use of a PDA. Results show that the paper-and-pencil method was the easiest and fastest to set up and get into the field, while the PDA method proved the fastest and most accurate for transferring collected data into a computer for later analysis. These results show that a PDA can be a useful tool for certain kinds of field-based social science research. An appendix contains the survey of attitudes about statistics used for data collection. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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