Research from Dr Ann Marcus-Quinn (School of English, Irish and Communication) was highlighted by RTÉ last week. Dr Marcus-Quinn was part of a team of researchers who found that the use of some technologies in the classroom could be hurting rather than helping learning.
The study questions the practice of replacing hard copy schoolbooks with electronic tablets, a trend that appears to be on the increase in Ireland.
Dr Marcus-Quinn said while reading on tablets is suited to certain kinds of short texts and certain kinds of reading exercises, it does not deliver the level of immersion that leads to deep comprehension.
The research was covered by RTÉ news. Read the full article here: www.rte.ie/news/education/2019/0417/1043092-technology-schools/
Dr Marcus-Quinn was also interviewed on Morning Ireland about this research, listen here: soundcloud.com/morning-ireland/concern-over-reliance-on-technology-in-schools
Dr Ann Marcus Quinn is a lecturer in Technical Communication at the University of Limerick.