Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Digital vs Paper Reading Study

A survey of education studies shows students tend to absorb more on paper than on screen, though the benefits are minor. The studies showed that students of all ages, from elementary school to college, tend to absorb more when they’re reading on paper than on screens, particularly when it comes to nonfiction material. This finding is now at least the third study to synthesize reputable research on reading comprehension in the digital age and find that paper is better. It was preceded by a 2017 review by scholars at the University of Maryland and a 2018 meta-analysis by scholars in Spain and Israel. The international analysis arrived at nearly the same numerical conclusion as the other study. Paper beat screens by more than a fifth of a standard deviation.
Clinton, V. (2019). Reading from paper compared to screens. Journal of Research in Reading, 42(2), 288-325. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9817.12269

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