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The Use and Abuse of Cell Phones and Text Messaging in the Classroom: A Survey of College Students.

Published on Jan 1, 2012in College Teaching
· DOI :10.1080/87567555.2011.604802
Deborah R. Tindell2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Wilkes University),
Robert W. Bohlander2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Wilkes University)
As the use of mobile devices, such as cell phones, has proliferated in academic settings in recent years, new challenges are faced by institutions of higher education and their faculties. The authors surveyed 269 college students from 21 academic majors at a small northeastern university to gain a better understanding of the frequency and manner in which cell phones are used in college classrooms. Focusing on the use of text messaging in the classroom, students reported on their own and others’ use of cell phones. It was found that 95% of students bring their phones to class every day, 92% use their phones to text message during class time, and 10% admit they have texted during an exam on at least one occasion. The majority of the students surveyed believe that instructors are largely unaware of the extent to which texting and other cell phone activities engage students in the classroom. These activities include browsing the Internet, sending pictures, or accessing social networking sites. The authors dis...
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Kay H. Braguglia3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Hampton University)
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Shari M. Burns2
Estimated H-index: 2
Kevin Lohenry1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Christian M. End9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Xavier University),
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Estimated H-index: 3
(Xavier University)
+ 1 AuthorsKatharina Wetterau1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Xavier University)
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Published on Dec 17, 2009in College Teaching
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Estimated H-index: 2
(SCSU: St. Cloud State University),
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Estimated H-index: 2
(SCSU: St. Cloud State University)
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Ron Schachter5
Estimated H-index: 5
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Estimated H-index: 14
(Victoria University of Wellington),
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Estimated H-index: 32
(Victoria University of Wellington),
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Estimated H-index: 17
(Victoria University of Wellington)
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Estimated H-index: 6
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 6
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Estimated H-index: 31
(UW: University of Waterloo)
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