From the Journals: No Difference Between Computer- and Paper-Based Comprehension Shifting from paper- to computer-based reading had little to no effect on adolescents' reading comprehension, according to a study in the October 2012 issue of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.  ... From the Journals
From the Journals  |   January 01, 2013
From the Journals: No Difference Between Computer- and Paper-Based Comprehension
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From the Journals   |   January 01, 2013
From the Journals: No Difference Between Computer- and Paper-Based Comprehension
The ASHA Leader, January 2013, Vol. 18, 31. doi:10.1044/leader.FTJ1.18012013.31
The ASHA Leader, January 2013, Vol. 18, 31. doi:10.1044/leader.FTJ1.18012013.31
Shifting from paper- to computer-based reading had little to no effect on adolescents' reading comprehension, according to a study in the October 2012 issue of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Researchers asked 14 adolescents with language-learning disabilities and 25 adolescents with typical language development to read literary texts in computer- and paper-based formats and then to answer reading comprehension questions. The students with language-learning disabilities scored significantly lower than students with typically developing language on the reading comprehension measure. But researchers found no significant differences in reading or answering time between groups.
The results were tempered by the study's limitations: a small sample size, not requiring participants to read hyperlinked pages to answer questions correctly, and a lack of information about how students navigated text in both conditions. But given these methodological limitations, reading on a computer screen or sheet of paper did not seem to affect comprehension for either group.
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