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American Economic Journal: Economic Policy: Vol. 1 No. 1 (February 2009)

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Technology's Edge: The Educational Benefits of Computer-Aided Instruction

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Barrow, Lisa, Lisa Markman, and Cecilia Elena Rouse. 2009. "Technology's Edge: The Educational Benefits of Computer-Aided Instruction." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 1(1): 52-74.

DOI: 10.1257/pol.1.1.52

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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. (JEL H75, I21)

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Barrow, Lisa (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)
Markman, Lisa (Princeton U)
Rouse, Cecilia Elena (Princeton U)

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H75: State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
I21: Analysis of Education

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