ERIC Number: EJ1065036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
The Costs of Texting in the Classroom
Lawson, Dakota; Henderson, Bruce B.
College Teaching, v63 n3 p119-124 2015
Many college students seem to find it impossible to resist the temptation to text on electronic devices during class lectures and discussions. One common response of college professors is to yield to the inevitable and try to ignore student texting. However, research indicates that because of limited cognitive capacities, even simple texting can reduce comprehension of class material at a rate of 10-20%. We review that research and present our study of the effects of texting on comprehension. Proposed alternatives to ignoring texting or outright bans include using smartphones for classroom exercises, educating students about the dangers of multitasking, and the use of "technology breaks."
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Student Behavior, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Psychology, College Students, Memory, Comparative Analysis, Recall (Psychology), Experimental Groups, Control Groups, School Policy, Interference (Learning)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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