ERIC Number: EJ686072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Cognitive, Social, Motivational and Health Aspects of Students in Laptop Classrooms
Trimmel, Michael; Bachmann, Julia
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v20 n2 p151-158 Apr 2004
Effects on cognitive performance, social atmosphere, communication, motivation and aspects of strain were investigated when laptops were integrated in classrooms. According to a quasi-experimental design 27 laptop students were compared with 22 non-laptop students from the same high school, aged 17-18 years. Results of tests and questionnaires showed that laptop students had better spatial abilities and computer skills, furthermore higher participation, learning interest, motivation and pressure to perform were found in laptop classrooms. However, laptop students experienced greater physical discomfort, particularly in their arms, but concerning creativity, social intelligence and mental stress no group differences occurred. Results indicate that laptops integrated in teaching can enhance learning and motivation in schools, at least after 1.7 years of introduction, but health risks must be considered.
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Interpersonal Relationship, Computer Uses in Education, High School Students, Computer Literacy, Teaching Methods, Spatial Ability, Student Interests, Cognitive Ability, Creativity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools
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