Does technology make a difference in helping children acquire the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics? Yes, according to a decade of research on a computer-integrated instructional program called Project CHILD (Computers Helping Instruction and Learning Development).
Project CHILD is a technology enhanced form of teaching within an elementary school setting. Teachers specialize in core content areas. During class, teachers provide traditional instructions on most days, but also incorporate computer-based activities regularly for students to check their understanding of material. This form of instruction helps facilitate motivation, involvement, and feedback for students. This article quickly reviews several studies throughout Florida and finds that Project CHILD is generally successful at increasing student learning.
Butzin, S. (2000). Project CHILD: A decade of success for young children. THE journal, 27(11), 90-96.
|Links to Article|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|In Publication||THE Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)|
|Type of Research||Quantitative|
|Intervention/Areas of Study||Adaptive learning, Course design, Course organization, Engagement, Instructor-student interactions, Self-paced learning, Student readiness, Tutoring or academic support|
|Level of Analysis||Student-level, Program-level|
|Specific Populations Examined|
|Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest||K-12|
|Specific Course or Program Characteristics|
|Outcome Variables of Interest||Academic achievement or performance, including assessment scores and course grades, Learning effectiveness|
|Student Sample Size||0-99|