ERIC Number: EJ1022059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
The Effects and Predictor Value of In-Class Texting Behavior on Final Course Grades
McDonald, Sylvia E.
College Student Journal, v47 n1 p34-40 Mar 2013
Cell phones have become a norm within the collegiate environment but little research has examined their impact on academic attainment. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects that in-class texting behavior had on the final grade score in a freshmen level introductory social science course. Students in three different sections were given three different texting policies to elicit a variety of in-class texting behaviors. Students were given after-course-surveys examining in class texting behaviors. Final exam scores and texting behaviors were subjected to a Pearson's correlation as well as a regression analysis. Students GPA as well as ACT scores were also examined in the regression analysis. The study showed there was a negative correlation in the relationship between in-class texting and final grade score. In-class texting was significant in negatively impacting grades after GPA, ACT, and attendance were controlled. While GPA and ACT were still the strongest predictor values, in-class texting behavior still contributed to 22% of the predictor value in final grade.
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Grades (Scholastic), Introductory Courses, Social Sciences, Student Surveys, Correlation, Regression (Statistics), Grade Point Average, Scores, College Entrance Examinations, Attendance, Predictor Variables, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment