The Teaching Professor Blog has a post today by Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D. dealing with multitasking. She maintains that while most of us, and our students, think this is a great way to work, only about 5% of people can “effectively” multitask. She provides evidence from 5 published studies dealing with students and multitasking.
The studies include:
Ellis, Y., Daniels, W. and Jauregui, A. (2010). The effect of multitasking on the grade performance of business students. Research in Higher Education Journal, 8 http://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/10498.pdf.
Kraushaar, J. M. and Novak, D. C. (2010). Examining the affects of student multitasking with laptops during lecture. Journal of Information Systems Education, 21 (2), 241-251.
Bowman, L. L., Levine, L. E., Waite, B. M. and Dendron, M. (2010). Can students really multitask? An experimental study of instant messaging while reading. Computers & Education, 54, 927-931.
Barak, L. (2012). Multitasking in the university classroom. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,6 (2) http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ijsotl/v6n2.html.
Fried, C. B. (2008). In-class laptop use and its effects on student learning. Computers and Education, 50 (3), 906-914.
The full post at Faculty Focus is available here.