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In-lecture media use and academic performance : investigating demographic and intentional moderators

dc.contributor.authorParry, Douglas A.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorLe Roux, Daniel B.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-22T10:00:28Z
dc.date.available2019-10-22T10:00:28Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationParry, D. A. & Le Roux, D. B. 2018. In-lecture media use and academic performance : investigating demographic and intentional moderators. South African Computer Journal, 30(1):85-107, doi:10.18489/sacj.v30i1.434.
dc.identifier.issn2313-7835 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.18489/sacj.v30i1.434
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106689
dc.descriptionCITATION: Parry, D. A. & Le Roux, D. B. 2018. In-lecture media use and academic performance : investigating demographic and intentional moderators. South African Computer Journal, 30(1):85-107, doi:10.18489/sacj.v30i1.434.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://sacj.cs.uct.ac.za
dc.description.abstractThe growing prevalence of continuous media use among university students in lecture environments has potential for detrimental effects. In this study we investigate the relationships between in-lecture media use and academic performance. Previous studies have shown that students frequently engage with digital media whilst in university lectures. Moreover, multitasking imposes cognitive costs detrimental to learning and task execution. We propose, accordingly, that the constant distractions created by digital media, interrupt the thought and communication processes of students during lectures and, subsequently, obstruct their ability to learn. To test this proposition we conducted a survey-based empirical investigation of digital media use and academic performance among undergraduate university students. A significant negative correlation was found between the number of in-lecture media use instances and academic performance. Furthermore, this effect was found to be pervasive independent of individual demographic factors and the intention with which a medium was used.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://sacj.cs.uct.ac.za/index.php/sacj/article/view/434
dc.format.extent23 pages ; illustrations
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherSouth African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists
dc.subjectMedia multitaskingen_ZA
dc.subjectHuman multitasking -- Risk factorsen_ZA
dc.subjectStudent growth (Academic achievement) -- Environmental aspectsen_ZA
dc.subjectEducation, Higheren_ZA
dc.subjectStudent growth (Academic achievement) -- Psycological aspectsen_ZA
dc.titleIn-lecture media use and academic performance : investigating demographic and intentional moderatorsen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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