Friday, September 18, 2009

Study Claims Phones And Internet Hamper Children's Education

By Jon Hunter

A survey just released has claimed an increased use of phones and the internet is undermining students' ability to study and is a cause of poor grammar amongst many of today's school children.

The report produced by the Cranfield School of Management blames children's use of mobile phones and the internet for a fall in standards in pupils study, research and written communication skills.

The study found that 90 per cent of students used the internet, which is double the percentage who did their research with books. It also finds 6 out of 10 pupils have admitted to copying work from the internet without reading or understanding it, with a staggering 25% thinking this is an acceptable practice. English skills have also suffered with 3 in 10 admit using text shortcuts in essay and coursework.

Andrew Kakabadse, professor of international management development at Cranfield, said: "Our research shows that technology obsession hinders spelling skills, implicitly encourages plagiarism, and disrupts classroom learning."

The Report has also found that mobile phones particularly had a negative effect upon school discipline seeing pupils often ignoring rules on mobile phones at School. One third of pupils admitted to using their mobiles in class, Andrew Kakabadse also said "Despite school policies restricting mobile phone usage, students use the phone frequently, with the majority making calls from the toilets. The mobile phone continues to be a prime channel of social communication during the school day."

The study also shows patterns of behaviour that it finds worrying; many pupils spent one to two hours a day on social networking sites. Most pupils had access to a computer before the age of 8, had used the internet by the age of 10 (with some doing so as young as 5), and joined social networking sites between the ages of 11 and 13. One in 10 (9%) have admitted to spending spend more than six hours a day online.

One does have to wonder with the tone of the report is that do the writers expect education, learning and society at large to remain static? As technology changes education will change and adapt as it does too many other stimuli. Many of these changes will be positive others will be negative. Circulated highlights of this report only seem to focus on the negative aspects of this technological change.

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