ERIC Number: ED502510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Technology's Edge: The Educational Benefits of Computer-Aided Instruction. NBER Working Paper No. 14240
Barrow, Lisa; Markman, Lisa; Rouse, Cecilia E.
National Bureau of Economic Research
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 assess the program using a test designed to target pre-algebra and algebra skills. Students randomly assigned to computer-aided instruction score 0.17 of a standard deviation higher on pre-algebra/algebra tests than students randomly assigned to traditional instruction. We hypothesize that the effectiveness arises from increased individualized instruction as the effects appear larger for students in larger classes and in classes with high student absentee rates.
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Algebra, Individualized Instruction, Conventional Instruction, Computer Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards with Reservations
IES Cited: ED529761