ERIC Number: EJ1137767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Apps for Angiosperms: The Usability of Mobile Computers and Printed Field Guides for UK Wild Flower and Winter Tree Identification
Stagg, Bethan C.; Donkin, Maria E.
Journal of Biological Education, v51 n2 p123-135 2017
We investigated usability of mobile computers and field guide books with adult botanical novices, for the identification of wildflowers and deciduous trees in winter. Identification accuracy was significantly higher for wildflowers using a mobile computer app than field guide books but significantly lower for deciduous trees. User preference followed a similar pattern. These results suggest that the identification method and its design are more important for a field guide than its presentation medium (electronic or printed). We discuss the relative advantages of the presentation media used and their value as engagement tools for botany.
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Books, Adults, Botany, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Program Effectiveness, Attitude Measures
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom