A Comparison of VDT Alphabet-Letter-Searching Cognition Between Junior High School Students and University Students
Haruhisa Yamaguchi, Okayama University, Japan ; Yuka Kawasaki, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Japan ; Isao Miyaji, Okayama University of Science, Japan ; Yumi Yamaguchi, Okayama University, Japan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
With an eye to finding the most appropriate VDT (Visual Display Terminal) monitor design for junior high school students and improving computer education, this study examined the differences in visual cognition between junior high school students and university students. In our experiment, a computer monitor was divided into nine equal areas, and a single letter of the alphabet was displayed randomly in each area; the speed at which participants could search out a particular letter and their ability to recall the positioning of letters were then tested. Results revealed that both junior high and university students had better recall for letters appearing in the upper-left area of the screen and worse recall for letters appearing at the bottom right and that university students had faster recognition and better recall than junior high students. A similar gap was found among junior high students of different grades.
Yamaguchi, H., Kawasaki, Y., Miyaji, I. & Yamaguchi, Y. (2008). A Comparison of VDT Alphabet-Letter-Searching Cognition Between Junior High School Students and University Students. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 858-864). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).