Differences Between Traditional and Distance Education Academic Performances: A meta-analytic approach


Eighty-six experimental and quasi-experimental studies met the established inclusion criteria for the meta-analysis (including data from over 15,000 participating students), and provided effect sizes, clearly demonstrating that: (1) In 2/3rds of the cases, students taking courses by distance education outperformed their student counterparts in the traditionally instructed courses; (2) The overall effect size d+ was calculated as 0.37 standard deviation units (0.33 <95% Confidence Interval <0.40); and (3) This effect on 0.37 indicates that the mean percentile standing of the DE group is at the 65th percentile on the traditional group (mean defined as the 50th percentile).

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