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Title: Computers and students' achievement: An analysis of the one laptop per child program in Catalonia
Author: Mora Corral, Antoni J.
Escardíbul Ferrà, Josep Oriol
Di Pietro, Giorgio
Keywords: Ensenyament assistit per ordinador
Política educativa
Educació secundària
Computer-assisted instruction
Educational policy
Secondary education
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: We analyse the impact of a One Laptop per Child program introduced by the Catalan government on student achievement. Using longitudinal population data for students in secondary education during the period 2009-2016, our identification strategy exploits variations across cohorts within schools. Although participation into the program was not random, we control for a number of school characteristics that influenced school participation. The empirical results consistently indicate that this program had a negative impact on student performance in Catalan, Spanish, English and mathematics. Test scores fell by 0.20-0.22 standardised points, which represent 3.8-6.2% of the average test score. This negative effect was stronger among boys than it was among girls (differences ranging from 10% to 42%).
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It is part of: International Journal of Educational Research, 2018, vol. 92, p. 145-157
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ISSN: 0883-0355
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