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Effects of Linear Reading, Basic Computer Skills, Evaluating Online Information, and Navigation on Reading Digital Text

Article on the differences between the reading of linear and digital texts

Reading and understanding digital text that is organised in a non-linear hypertext format can be challenging for students as it requires a more self-directed selection of text pieces compared to reading linear texts. Based on a subsample of 15-year-old German students who participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012, the article shows that digital reading does not mirror linear reading. Not only did students require general reading skills in order to understand texts, but also routines in handling computers as well as strategies to evaluate the relevance of information. Students could draw on their reading and computer skills to find important texts and retrieve them as necessary.

Hahnel, C., Goldhammer, F., Naumann, J., & Kröhne, U. (2016). Computers in Human Behavior, 55, 486-500.

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