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ERIC Number: EJ952022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
Does Increasing Textbook Portability Increase Reading Rates or Academic Performance?
Stratton, Georgeana
Inquiry, v16 n1 p5-16 Spr 2011
Since an alarming number of students do not read their textbooks, the author investigated whether students might more readily review their course information if it were available on MP3 files instead of in textbook form. Her hypotheses are that students who have access to textbook section summaries in MP3 form will cover more of the textbook material and show greater mastery of text material than students who only have the text in its traditional form. Out of the 56 students in the experimental condition (those with access to the MP3 recordings), only 22 students reported ever downloading and listening to any of the section summaries. Among these 22 students there was wide variability in the amount of MP3 use before each test (2%-100%). This experiment confirmed findings that many college students are not reading the required textbook material for their courses. Even though students in these classes enjoyed the subject and indicated that they would read the textbook if they had more time to do so, very few students took advantage of section summary MP3 files that would have helped them achieve greater textbook mastery. Moreover, students continue to suggest that they would read more of the textbook if motivated through reading quizzes or other assessments. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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