Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110161
Authors: 
Falck, Oliver
Mang, Constantin
Woessmann, Ludger
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8939
Abstract: 
Most studies find little to no effect of classroom computers on student achievement. We suggest that this null effect may combine positive effects of computer uses without equivalently effective alternative traditional teaching practices and negative effects of uses that substitute more effective teaching practices. Our correlated random effects models exploit within-student between-subject variation in different computer uses in the international TIMSS test. We find positive effects of using computers to look up information and negative effects of using computers to practice skills, resulting in overall null effects. Effects are larger for high-SES students and mostly confined to developed countries.
Subjects: 
computers
teaching methods
student achievement
TIMSS
JEL: 
I21
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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