Print Versus Digital: The Effect of Format on Performance in Editing Text

Yoram Eshet, Sigal Eden

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As of today, our knowledge on the nature of digital reading and of the
comparison between print and digital reading, is very limited. Most recent
studies focus on digital reading under passive conditions, in which text
comprehension is tested, without asking the reader to "act" on the text by
editing, recognizing or correcting errors and improving the text's quality. In
light of the present-days increase in situations that require active digital textreading in learning (e.g. grading students works or reviewing papers and
books), there is a growing importance in shedding light on the comparison
between print and digital reading under active conditions. In this pioneering
study, we examined the active-reading abilities of students, who were asked
to read, edit, recognize errors and improve the quality of short articles, in a
print and in a digital format. Surprisingly, and in contrast to the common
reported findings from print versus digital reading studies, no significant
differences were found between the performances of participants in the two
formats. A similar no-difference was found for all text-errors categories, as
well as for gender differences. We found that digital readers completed their
tasks earlier than the print readers, but their performance was not lower. We
suggest that the absence of significant differences between print and digital
formats indicates that digital reading becomes an everyday practice among
users, who gain digital reading proficiency. This process, of closing the gap
between print and digital readers is reported in recent literature.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Chais Conference for Innovation in Learning Technologies
Subtitle of host publication The Open University of Israel, Raanana
Place of PublicationRaanana
Publisherהאוניברסיטה הפתוחה ושה"ם
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2012


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