Teacher Poll: Only 12 Percent Of Students ‘Very Likely’ To Use Printed Books To Study

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., has found that teachers throughout the country feel that only 12 percent of students are “very likely” to use printed books to study.

The survey, in which 2,500 middle school and high school teachers participated, found that teachers believed an overwhelming majority of students – 94 percent – would instead rely upon Google or other search engines for their information.

“The survey results echo teachers’ perceptions that their students’ research methods are shallower than those of prior generations — using search engines and readily available references like Wikipedia to quickly locate just enough information to complete an assignment,” researchers were quoted as saying in the published release on the survey’s findings.

Below Google, teachers thought 75 percent of students would indeed turn to Wikipedia, followed by 52 percent who would probably look to YouTube for information.

On the lower end of the spectrum, educators felt that only 16 percent of students would ask a librarian for assistance with studying, and only 17 percent would use their textbooks as a source of knowledge.

“Students see the internet as a cool place where they can get quick information,” an unnamed teacher was quoted as saying by those at the Center. “They don’t know how to use it properly. I am not sure there are adults that know how to use it properly.”

The survey was part of a larger study conducted by Pew Internet called “How Teens Do Research in the Digital World.”


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