Burns, Shari M.; Lohenry, Kevin
September 2010
College Student Journal;Sep2010, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p805
Academic Journal
Students equipped with the cell phones enter college classrooms daily. Realizing the impact of technology on fellow learners and faculty represents an area of concern. A pilot study was conducted to determine student and faculty perception regarding cellular phone use in the classroom. A quantitative descriptive study examined the perception of faculty and students' use of cell phones during class time. A convenience sample was comprised of graduate students and faculty in health sciences and on campuses in Arizona and Illinois. Results revealed that the majority of students indicated that they refrained from cell phone use during class time while all faculty indicated that they refrained from using the cell phone during class time. Students indicated that they used the text message feature and checked cell phone messages. Both students and faculty cell phones rang during class time. Cell phones were identified by both groups as a source of distraction during class time. Cell phone etiquette along with policies regarding cell phone use in the classroom offer suggested methods for alleviating the distraction that cell phones currently offer. Improving awareness regarding cell phone distractions may offer value for healthcare providers bridging professional behavior in the academia to the healthcare arena.


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