Digital Reading

Research Synthesis Digital Reading

In recent years, reading with digital media has significantly gained importance. Students use digital media like tablets or e-book readers in leisure and school contexts in addition to paper-based reading. But how does the medium affect different reading outcomes like reading motiation or text comprehension? Is it better to read on paper or screen? Various research syntheses have already addressed this question and come to different conclusions: Some of the research syntheses discovered advantages of paper-based reading, others found advantages of digital reading. In other cases, they could not determine differences in dependence on the medium.

In order to better understand these somewhat contradictory results, the current research synthesis Digital Reading aims at investigating different features of digital reading environments, for example, integrated dictionaries or audio tracks. Furthermore, it considers to what extent features of digital reading environment are helpful regarding students’ self-regulated learning.

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