New Evidence on Classroom Computers and Pupil Learning

31 Pages Posted: 12 May 2003

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Joshua D. Angrist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Victor Lavy

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Warwick - Department of Economics

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Abstract

How technology affects learning has been at the centre of recent debates over educational inputs. In 1994, the Israeli State Lottery sponsored the installation of computers in many elementary and middle schools. This programme provides an opportunity to estimate the impact of computerisation on both the instructional use of computers and pupil achievement. Results from a survey of Israeli school-teachers show that the influx of new computers increased teachers' use of computer-aided instruction (CAI). Although many of the estimates are imprecise, CAI does not appear to have had educational benefits that translated into higher test scores.

Suggested Citation

Angrist, Joshua and Lavy, Victor, New Evidence on Classroom Computers and Pupil Learning. Economic Journal, Vol. 112, pp. 735-765, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=347118

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