Types Of Student Multitasking Behaviors And Their Use Of Laptops

743 Words Oct 28th, 2016 3 Pages
Kraushaar and Novak examined the different types of student multitasking behaviors and their use of laptops. The research focused on the use of laptops and the students’ learning outcomes. The participants were 97 undergraduates from University of Vermont (UVM) who were taking a junior-level management information system class. These participants were measured through a self-reported laptop usage data and an actual laptop usage data. The actual laptop usage data was measured by installing a spyware program that is able to track the participants’ windows on the laptop. Through the actual laptop usage data, the researchers were able to track if the participants’ activities were productive or distractive multitasking. Productive multitasking involved cognitive tasks and activities that were directly related to the course material, and aid the primary task. Distractive multitasking, on the other hand, included cognitive tasks and activities that were not related to the course material of the class. These type of multitasking included games, pictures, emails, instant messaging (IM), and web surfing. The participants’ gender, cumulative GPA, scholastic aptitude test (SAT) math and verbal scores, and UVM Academic Composite Evaluation (ACE) admission score were collected. The participants were also given a technology readiness assessment (TRA) examination to assess the participants’ knowledge on software skills, computer literacy, and the number of hours of computer usage per…

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