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Computers, Learning Outcomes, and the Choices Facing Students

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  • Lester Hadsell

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    (University at Albany)

  • Gerald T. Burke

    (University at Albany)

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    We model the tradeoff students face between devoting time to coursework and time for other activities. We show how the model can be used to identify whether computers are productive tools and whether students will learn more when using computers. We present our own empirical findings, in a case study focusing on college composition. Only one-sixth of the students in our study fall into the category indicating that the computer was a productivity enhancing tool even though more than half achieved the same or higher measure of learning.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (Winter)
    Pages: 111-124

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:33:y:2007:i:1:p:111-124

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    1. Stephen J. Schmidt, 2003. "Active and Cooperative Learning Using Web-Based Simulations," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(2), pages 151-167, January.
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    3. Steven A. Greenlaw, 1999. "Using Groupware to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Economics," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(1), pages 33-42, January.
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