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Can technology improve the classroom experience in primary education? An African experiment on a worldwide program

Joana Cardim, Teresa Molina-Millán and Pedro Vicente ()

NOVAFRICA Working Paper Series from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Nova School of Business and Economics, NOVAFRICA

Abstract: Primary school coverage has been increasing in most developing countries. Yet, it has not been accompanied by significant improvements in learning indicators. We implemented a randomized experiment in Angola around the introduction of ProFuturo, a worldwide educational program. The program includes a Computer-assisted Learning (CAL) software directed at improving the regular classroom experience. One year after the program started, we find higher familiarity with technology. Teachers miss fewer days of classes and implement better teaching practices. Students become more interested in learning and pro-social. Finally, the program improves students’ test scores in the most popular subject in the CAL platform.

Keywords: Primary education; computer-assisted learning; CAL; field experiment; RCT; Africa; Angola (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 67 pages
Date: 2021
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