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Students’ choices between typing and handwriting in examinations.

  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.

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    30 June 2012

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    LA History of education

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    607 Education, research & related topics


Mogey, N., Cowan, J., Paterson, J. & Purcell, M. (2012). Students’ choices between typing and handwriting in examinations. Active learning in higher education. 13, 117-128. doi:10.1177/1469787412441297. ISSN 1469-7874



Essay; examination; word processing; handwriting; computer; preparation; choice; time limit;

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