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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction: M.S.


Teacher Development


School of Education

First Advisor

Hsueh-I Lo

Second Advisor

Jennifer Jay

Third Advisor

Sue Haller

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

print textbook, electronic textbook, e-textbook, e-book, digital, textbook media


The purpose of this study was to determine whether digital or print textbooks are more effective when it comes to students’ learning. There are a wide variety of electronic textbooks available whose features vary from basic annotation abilities to enhanced e-textbooks that have interactive multimedia. This paper outlines some of the different features available, as well as perspectives on e-textbooks from students, district officials, and teachers. Chapter 1 gives a brief introduction on the topic, while Chapter 2 provides a review of the literature. The final chapter gives an overall summary of the digital versus print textbook debate with regard to student learning. It also provides recommendations and suggestions for further research.



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