Don't blame technology for students' lack of interest ing class – without a cell phone, these same students would be doodling on a notepad and daydreaming.
A university professor in Pennsylvania has completed a study and written a soon-to-be-published paper on the effects of text messaging by college students during class.Photo by Bradley Wind - http://flic.kr/p/bv5Dk
A new study says texting in class decreases students' ability to pay attention.
Students who send and receive texts during class have a hard time paying attention to lectures and risk not learning as much as they would if they weren’t texting and were paying attention.
Yes, this is a real study highlighted in a press release from Washington, D.C.’s National Communication Association, which will publish the paper in its July print issue of its journal Communication Education.
The study’s principal author is Fang-Yi Flora Wei, assistant professor of broadcast communications at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. In the release, she says, “Now we see that in-class texting partially interferes with a student’s ability to pay attention, which prior studies show is necessary for effective cognitive learning.”