Research from UL lecturer shows concern about over-reliance on technology in schools

Anthony Haynes writes: More insightful response from Dr Ann Marcus-Quinn. Her research implies that a variegated approach regarding educational use of tablets and paper is best. If you click through to the article, you’ll see that she advises against a one-size-fits-all approach: “Citing ongoing studies led by Norwegian researchers, but involving academics in 30 countries, Dr Marcus- Quinn said it is vital that teachers are allowed to decide which blend of learning is most suited to their own students in their class. She advised against a “whole school” approach, where a school centrally makes a decision which affects the role electronic devices such as tablets play in classrooms, across the entire school or across different stages of learning.”

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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. 

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