ERIC Number: EJ784809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 6
Evaluating the Electronic Textbook: Is It Time to Dispense with the Paper Text?
Shepperd, James A.; Grace, Jodi L.; Koch, Erika J.
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n1 p2-5 Jan 2008
We examined the perceptions and performance of students who used an electronic versus a traditional paper textbook. Introductory psychology students (N = 392) who chose between the 2 formats did not differ in course grades. However, students using the electronic text reported spending less time reading for class compared to students using the paper text and generally evaluated the electronic text unfavorably. No student who purchased an electronic text in a prior class chose to purchase it for introductory psychology. These findings suggest that it may be premature to abandon the paper text in favor of the electronic text.
Descriptors: Textbooks, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Printed Materials, Electronic Publishing, Layout (Publications), College Students, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A