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ERIC Number: ED508123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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WWC Quick Review of the Article "Technology's Edge: The Educational Benefits of Computer-Aided Instruction"
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The study, "Technology's Edge: The Educational Benefits of Computer-Aided Instruction," examined whether the "I CAN Learn"[R] computer-based curriculum is more effective than traditional classroom instruction at teaching pre-algebra and algebra concepts to middle- and high-school students. The study included about 1,600 students in 15 high schools and two middle schools in three large urban school districts. The research described in this article is consistent with What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. WWC indicates the strengths include: The study is a well-implemented randomized controlled trial. However, they caution that the study's main results rely on a 30-item pre-algebra and algebra test developed for use in this study. The authors do not provide information about how well the test questions measured students' knowledge of the concepts taught. In addition, although 93 percent of classrooms from the original sample were included in the main analysis, less than half (45 percent) of the original students were included. Even so, students from the two instruction groups who were included had similar characteristics before the intervention began. [The following study is the focus of this "Quick Review": Barrow, L., Markman, L., & Rouse, C. E. (2009). Technology's edge: The educational benefits of computer-aided instruction. "American Economic Journal: Economic Policy," 1(1), 52-74 (ED505645).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
IES Funded: Yes