Faculty Focus: Students Think They Can Multitask. Here’s Proof They Can’t

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.

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