Students’ choices between typing and handwriting in examinations.

Mogey, Nora, Cowan, John, Paterson, Jessie and Purcell, Mike (2012) Students’ choices between typing and handwriting in examinations. Active Learning in Higher Education , 13 (2). pp. 117-128. ISSN 1469-7874

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Keyboarding is a ubiquitous skill for most UK students and most coursework essays must be word-processed. However few examinations, other than for students with disabilities, permit the use of a word-processor. It is not known how students would respond given a free choice between handwriting and word-processing in an essay examination. This study reports the findings when students were encouraged to choose between these methods of composition for an examination. Few opted to word process; the students’ reactions immediately after the examination were obtained. The demands of essay examinations as compared with assignments are identified and discussed and implications for future enquiries are considered.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1469-7874
Electronic ISSN: 1741-2625
Uncontrolled Keywords: Essay; examination; word processing; handwriting; computer; preparation; choice; time limit;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Management
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 600 Technology > 607 Education, research & related topics
Library of Congress Subjects: L Education > LA History of education
Item ID: 5611
Depositing User: Prof John Cowan
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2012 13:30
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2012 14:41

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