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Factors influencing student preference when comparing handwriting and typing for essay style examinations
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British Journal of Educational Technology Volume 46, Number 4, ISSN 0007-1013 e-ISSN 0007-1013 Publisher: Wiley

Abstract

It seems anachronistic that we expect students to handwrite essay examinations when almost all their other work is mediated by computer. Two universities, one in the UK and one in Australia, are exploring the use of computers in free text response examinations. This paper compares both the attitudes and the behaviours of their students concerning the use of computers in essay examinations, and contrasts the responses from the two cohorts. Most of the students have confidence in their typing skills and report typing as least as fast as they can handwrite. The analysis demonstrates that although students recognise that examination essays should have good structure and argument, when in the pressure of an examination, it is all too easy for them to be more concerned with the sheer amount of text they can write.

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Mogey, N. & Fluck, A. (2015). Factors influencing student preference when comparing handwriting and typing for essay style examinations. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(4), 793-802. Wiley. Retrieved February 25, 2020 from .

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