ERIC Number: EJ1129002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Effects of a Summer Mathematics Intervention for Low-Income Children: A Randomized Experiment
Lynch, Kathleen; Kim, James S.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v39 n1 p31-53 Mar 2017
Prior research suggests that summer learning loss among low-income children contributes to income-based gaps in achievement and educational attainment. We present results from a randomized experiment of a summer mathematics program conducted in a large, high-poverty urban public school district. Children in the third to ninth grade (N = 263) were randomly assigned to an offer of an online summer mathematics program, the same program plus a free laptop computer, or the control group. Being randomly assigned to the program plus laptop condition caused children to experience significantly higher reported levels of summer home mathematics engagement relative to their peers in the control group. Treatment and control children performed similarly on distal measures of academic achievement. We discuss implications for future research.
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Mathematics Instruction, Low Income Groups, Randomized Controlled Trials, Program Effectiveness, Mathematics Achievement, Urban Schools, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Online Courses, Conventional Instruction, Laptop Computers, Educational Technology, Learner Engagement, Comparative Analysis, Minority Group Students, Documentation, Pretests Posttests, Home Programs, Student Attitudes, Parent Role
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Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
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