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ERIC Number: ED522678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1694-609X
Reading Engagement: A Comparison between E-Books and Traditional Print Books in an Elementary Classroom
Jones, Troy; Brown, Carol
Online Submission, International Journal of Instruction v4 n2 p5-22 Jul 2011
Electronic books (e-books) are gaining popularity for personal reading. Options for access to a large selection of book titles and "anytime/anywhere" reading choices have added to the increased use of e-books. For this study, 22 third-grade students completed satisfaction surveys and reading comprehension tests on three separate reading sessions: one traditional print-based and two e-book titles. Indicators of reading engagement included motivation for independent reading and comprehension as measured by standardized tests on the print book and both e-books. Results showed that format was not as important as students' identification with setting, characters, and theme of the book. Students did, however, indicate a preference for e-books when given the option of a wide selection of titles and the freedom to choose their own e-book. Students further indicated a preference for the amenities associated with e-book reading such as pop-up definitions and pronunciations of words, automatic page turning, and the option of read-aloud narration. The authors concluded that children quickly become comfortable with e-books and welcomed the technology. However, they are not completely ready to disregard print books. (Contains 5 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A