Explaining students' attitudes toward books and computers

JM Noyes, KJ Garland

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Despite the increasing and now ubiquitous use of computer technologies, previous research by the authors has indicated a preference for using books over computers in the learning context. This paper presents a follow-up study, which investigates why there is this preference for books amongst the undergraduate population. It was found that findings from the previous study were replicated; namely, attitudes toward books were significantly more positive than attitudes toward computers. Further, significantly more respondents expected to learn more from books than computer-based material, and preferred to learn from books than computers. Reasons for these preferences included practical usability issues, media-related usability, experience and aesthetic values.
Translated title of the contributionExplaining students' attitudes toward books and computers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351 - 363
Number of pages13
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume22 (3)
Publication statusPublished - May 2006

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Publisher: Elsevier


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