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Factors influencing student preference when comparing handwriting and typing for essay style examinations

Citation

Mogey, N and Fluck, A, Factors influencing student preference when comparing handwriting and typing for essay style examinations, British Journal of Educational Technology, 46, (4) pp. 793-802. ISSN 1467-8535 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 British Educational Research Association

DOI: doi:10.1111/bjet.12171

Abstract

It seems anachronistic that we expect students to handwrite essay examinations when almost all their other work is mediated by computer. Two universities, one in the UK and one in Australia, are exploring the use of computers in free text response examinations. This paper compares both the attitudes and the behaviours of their students concerning the use of computers in essay examinations, and contrasts the responses from the two cohorts. Most of the students have confidence in their typing skills and report typing as least as fast as they can handwrite. The analysis demonstrates that although students recognise that examination essays should have good structure and argument, when in the pressure of an examination, it is all too easy for them to be more concerned with the sheer amount of text they can write.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:eExam, BYOD
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Educational Technology and Computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Author:Fluck, A (Dr Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:93014
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-07-06
Last Modified:2016-10-05
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