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Investigation of Digital Technology Use Among High School Students

Title: An Investigation of Digital Technology Use Among High School Students.
Name(s): Little, Callie W., author
Hart, Sara A., professor directing thesis
Schatschneider, Christopher, committee member
Boot, Walter, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Cell phone and mobile technology use, rising among U.S. teenagers in the decades since its introduction, is now pervasive among high school students ( With the observed increase in teenage cell phone ownership and the potential for distraction from technology use, a greater understanding of the impact that mobile technology use may have on school-based learning environments is necessitated. The present study extends previous work by investigating the association between mobile technology use in high school classrooms; student perceptions of school policy and enforcement of mobile technology policy and learning. Student mobile technology use, mobile technology policy and enforcement of the policy, was measured in 130 area high school students. Student performance was measured by overall grade point average (GPA), GPA from core courses, as well as a standardized test of reading. Results revealed listening to music on mobile devices was significantly and negatively associated with grade point average, but not standardized test scores. No other types of mobile technology use were significantly associated with student achievement. Also, student perception of school policy on mobile technology use and enforcement was not significantly associated with achievement. However, student agreement with school policy was significantly predictive of overall mobile technology use. Results from the current study indicate that using mobile devices may not be disruptive to learning environments under conditions in which the cognitive load is not too heavy, but much more research is needed to determine the different conditions and how the relation between mobile device use and achievement may vary when these conditions change.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-8833 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: December 10, 2013.
Keywords: Cell Phone Use Achievement, Cognitive Load Theory, Educational Psychology, Education Technology, Psychology and Technology, Technology and Achievement
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Sara A. Hart, Professor Directing Thesis; Christopher Schatschneider, Committee Member; Walter Boot, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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