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Technology in the Classroom and Learning in Secondary Schools (English)

This paper studies the impact of a computer-assisted learning program on learning outcomes among high school students in The Gambia. The program uses innovative technologies and teaching approach to facilitate the teaching of mathematics and science. Since the pilot schools were not randomly chosen, the study first used administrative and survey data, including a written test, to build a credible counterfactual of comparable groups of control students. It used these data to conduct a pre-analysis plan prior to students taking the high-stakes certification exam. The study later used the certification exam data on the same students to replicate the results. The findings show that the program led to a 0.59 standard deviation gains in mathematics scores and an increase of 15 percentage points (a threefold increase) in the share of students who obtained credit in mathematics and English, a criterion for college admission in The Gambia. The impact is concentrated among high-achieving students at the baseline, irrespective of their gender or socioeconomic background.

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  • Author

    Blimpo,Moussa Pouguinimpo, Gajigo,Ousman, Owusu,Solomon, Tomita,Ryoko, Xu,Yanbin

  • Document Date

    2020/06/22

  • Document Type

    Policy Research Working Paper

  • Report Number

    WPS9288

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Gambia, The

  • Region

    Africa,

  • Disclosure Date

    2020/06/22

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Technology in the Classroom and Learning in Secondary Schools

  • Keywords

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Citation

Blimpo,Moussa Pouguinimpo Gajigo,Ousman Owusu,Solomon Tomita,Ryoko Xu,Yanbin

Technology in the Classroom and Learning in Secondary Schools (English). Policy Research working paper,no. WPS 9288 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/633851592851795535/Technology-in-the-Classroom-and-Learning-in-Secondary-Schools