Reading Multiple Documents on Tablet: Effects of Applications and Strategic Guidance on Performance and Acceptance. Lombard, J., Amadieu, F., Bråten, I., & Van De Leemput, C.
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In this experimental study, 66 undergraduate students in psychology used an iPad pro to study several documents dealing with the same topic. The study aimed to compare the effects of using two different applications on comprehension in a multiple document reading task: Adobe Reader, which is an application oriented towards linear reading, and LiquidText, which is an application designed for non-linear reading. Further, because studying multiple texts is a complex learning task that requires effective and efficient processing strategies, the study tested the effect of strategic guidance that was expected to promote both performance and acceptance of tablets. The results indicated the existence of a performance-preference paradox: while the participants guided in the use of LiquidText achieved better comprehension, they expressed less acceptance of tablets as a tool for studying multiple documents than did the participants who used Adobe Reader.

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