Technology's Edge: The Educational Benefits of Computer-Aided Instruction
Authors: Barrow, Lisa; Markman, Lisa; Rouse, Cecilia Elena
Source: American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Volume 1, Number 1, February 2009 , pp. 52-74(23)
Publisher: American Economic Association
Abstract:We present results from a randomized study of a well-defined use of computers in schools, a popular instructional computer program for pre-algebra and algebra. We primarily assess the program using a test designed to target pre-algebra and algebra skills. Students randomly assigned to computer-aided instruction score significantly higher on a pre-algebra and algebra test than students randomly assigned to traditional instruction. We hypothesize that this effectiveness arises from increased individualized instruction as the effects appear larger for students in larger classes and in classes with high student absentee rates.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2009-02-01
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