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ERIC Number: EJ1074794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2329-4922
Slip-Sliding-Away: A Review of the Literature on the Constraining Qualities of PowerPoint
Kernbach, Sebastian; Bresciani, Sabrina; Eppler, Martin J.
Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, v78 n3 p292-313 Sep 2015
PowerPoint is a dominant communication tool in business and education. It allows for creating professional-looking presentations easily, but without understanding its constraining qualities it can be used inappropriately. Therefore we conducted a systematic literature review structuring the literature on PowerPoint in three chronological phases ("Early Criticism," "Heated Debate," and "Scientific Take-Off") and identifying 18 constraining qualities classified into three categories: cognitive, emotional, and social. This article provides implications for educators' and practitioners' use (and nonuse) of PowerPoint through synthesis and description of such constraining qualities. Directions for future research are developed by identifying theoretical gaps in literature on PowerPoint.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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