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ERIC Number: ED509325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
The Use and Misuse of Computers in Education: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia. Impact Evaluation Series No. 29. Policy Research Working Paper 4836
Barrera-Osorio, Felipe; Linden, Leigh L.
Human Development Network Education
This paper presents the evaluation of the program Computers for Education. The program aims to integrate computers, donated by the private sector, into the teaching of language in public schools. The authors conduct a two-year randomized evaluation of the program using a sample of 97 schools and 5,201 children. Overall, the program seems to have had little effect on students' test scores and other outcomes. These results are consistent across grade levels, subjects, and gender. The main reason for these results seems to be the failure to incorporate the computers into the educational process. Although the program increased the number of computers in the treatment schools and provided training to the teachers on how to use the computers in their classrooms, surveys of both teachers and students suggest that teachers did not incorporate the computers into their curriculum. (Contains 13 tables and 6 footnotes.) [Funding for this report was provided by the program Computers for Education and the Ministry of Communication.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Human Development Network
Identifiers - Location: Colombia