2016 LORNE H. WOOLLATT DISTINGUISHED PAPER AWARD WINNER - Anne Niccoli, United States Coast Guard Academy

Congratulations to Anne Niccoli, the 2016 winner of the Lorne H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award for the paper entitled, Effects of Reading Mode and Format on Decision Making, presented at the 2016 conference. The award-winning paper examined the effects of reading mode (tablet or paper), photos (two versions), and format (single or two pages) factors on decision making. Adult students were presented with an ethical prompt containing the same text, but differing in reading mode, photos, or format, then asked to make a decision. Chi-square tests of independence for mode (paper, tablet) and page format (single, two pages) showed significant differences in decisions. Most significant were differences in responses between formats and within the same mode. The change in decision choice between single and two-page format indicates an influence of photo framing for tablets compared to unchanging decisions for paper mode.

Dr. Anne Niccoli is affiliated with the Leadership Development Center of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. She thanks the Boat Forces School, Chief Warrant Officers Professional Development School, and Senior Enlisted Leadership Course students at the U.S. Coast Guard Leadership Development Center, giving special thanks to the school chiefs for their support of this research.

She will receive a travel stipend to present this paper at the 2017 meeting of the American Educational Research Association consortium of State and Regional Educational Research Associations. If you are going to be at AERA, Anne will be presenting her paper on Friday, April 28, 10:35 am to 12:05 pm in the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, Third Floor, Conference Room 15. Her paper was rated by the award committee members on its relevance, theoretical backing, clarity, design, analytical procedures, and presentation of results and conclusion, and received the highest overall rating of eligible submissions.

The Lorne H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award is named in honor of Lorne Woollatt, a distinguished New York State educator and NERA member. It is awarded annually, and a plaque is given to the recipient at the subsequent year’s conference. Research papers from the 2016 NERA conference were submitted by their authors to the award committee for this competitive award. Any questions about the award can be directed to the committee chair, Abby Cahill at lauar@jmu.edu.

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