A Comparison of Children’s Reading on Paper Versus Screen: A Meta-Analysis:

Published on Mar 8, 2021in Review of Educational Research
· DOI :10.3102/0034654321998074
May Irene Furenes (University of Stavanger), Natalia Kucirkova16
Estimated H-index: 16
(University of Stavanger)
+ 0 AuthorsAdriana G. Bus22
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(University of Stavanger)
This meta-analysis examines the inconsistent findings across experimental studies that compared children’s learning outcomes with digital and paper books. We quantitatively reviewed 39 studies repo...
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