Tablet vs. Paper: The Effect on Learners' Reading Performance



The purpose of this study is to compare primary school 5th-class students’ electronic text reading performance, reading speed and reading comprehension with tablet PCs and printed books. This study examined a sample of 20 students. The students were randomly divided into two groups, a control group and a treatment group. The control group students read ordinary printed books, and the students in the treatment group read the same text on an electronic tablet PC display. Both qualitative and quantitative data collection tools were used for the study. Qualitative data were collected on the reading speed and reading comprehension skills for both groups of students. Statistically, there was no significant difference between the groups in reading speed or the level of reading comprehension. Students’ opinions on tablet PCs and recommendations for future studies are also discussed.


Tablet PC, Elementary Education, Human-Computer Interface, Media in Education

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic EU Education Programs
Pages 441 - 450
Issue IEJEE, Volume 4, Issue 3
Date of acceptance 01 July 2012
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Kırıkkale University, Turkey


Kırıkkale University, Turkey


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