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Computer-assisted learning: Evidence from a randomized experiment

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  • Abhijit Banerjee
  • Esther Duflo
  • Leigh Linden

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This note presents the results obtained after the first year of a two-year randomized evaluation of a computer assisted learning (CAL) program in Vadodara, India. The CAL program, implemented by a NGO, took advantage of the donation of four computers to each municipal primary school in Vadodara by the state government. The program provided each child in the fourth standard with two hours of shared computer time in which students played educational games that reinforced mathematics competencies ranging from the standard 1 to the standard 3 level. We find the program to be quite effective. On average, it increased math scores by 0.37 standard deviations. The program effect is slightly higher at the bottom of the distribution but persists throughout the distribution. The program had no apparent spillover on language competencies.

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  • Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo & Leigh Linden, 2011. "Computer-assisted learning: Evidence from a randomized experiment," Framed Field Experiments 00295, The Field Experiments Website.
  • Handle: RePEc:feb:framed:00295
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