Learning at Your Fingertips: Reading Comprehension, Mental Workload, and Attitudinal Differences between Computers and iPads

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dc.contributor.advisor Liu, Xiaodong en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Wright, Ellen en_US
dc.contributor.author Janjua, Harsimran
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-09T19:24:28Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-09T19:24:28Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/32292
dc.description.abstract Previous research has shown that technology in education has proliferated and become ubiquitous; we see technology in the classroom used for lectures, note taking, and examination. Research has focused on comparisons between computer-based and paper-based platforms, investigating possible differences in testing effects and comprehension. Additionally, attitudes and frequency of technology usage also affect achievement in exams; higher positive attitudes towards technology are indicative of better performance. Relative to computers, iPads boast a more naturalistic interface to allow for more gestural use. With the introduction of gestural technologies like iPads into classrooms, it is important to understand the differences between iPads and computers. The present exploratory study analyzed reading comprehension, mental workload, and attitudes between computers and iPads. Findings revealed a significant effect of mental workload on comprehension, though there was no difference by condition, suggesting that as difficulties of reading on-screen increased, comprehension scores decreased, but that using iPad was not more effective at reducing mental workload when compared to laptops. No other significant results were found. Future studies would benefit by increasing gender distribution and analyzing longitudinal effects of learning and testing on different platforms but present findings have implications for future education psychologists, practitioners, and policymakers. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brandeis University en_US
dc.rights Copyright by Harsimran Janjua 2016 en_US
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Technology en_US
dc.subject Computers en_US
dc.subject iPads en_US
dc.subject Mental Workload en_US
dc.subject Comprehension en_US
dc.subject Attitudes en_US
dc.title Learning at Your Fingertips: Reading Comprehension, Mental Workload, and Attitudinal Differences between Computers and iPads en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Psychology en_US
dc.degree.name MA en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en_US
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences en_US


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