Paper or Screen for Comprehension and Learning?

3-Star learning experiences

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen


We have blogged about writing with pen/pencil and paper versus writing on a laptop (see here) and concluded that handwriting is more powerful for learning than typing, be it for learning/recognizing letters, learning to read or any other learning like learning from a lecture. This blog explores whether it matters if you read and learn from paper (e.g., a physical book, prited pages, etc.) versus from a screen (e.g., computer, tablet, e-Reader, etc.).

Spoiler alert: the answer is yes. We won’t tell you yet which one is better but you can probably guess it for yourself. 😊

!!Note that this blog is NOT about multitasking nor is it about using hyperlinks in a text. It’s just about (learning through) reading a text!!

We live in an era in which most of us, especially children/students often/mostly read from a screen. The…

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