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NOVAFRICA Working Paper “Can Technology Improve the Classroom Experience in Primary Education? An African Experiment on a Worldwide Program”

A new working paper has been added to the NOVAFRICA Working Paper Series. Written by Joana Cardim, Teresa Molina-Millán and Pedro C. Vicente, this paper analyses the impact around the introduction of Computer-assisted Learning (CAL) software in primary schools in Angola.

Title: Can Technology Improve the Classroom Experience in Primary Education? An African Experiment on a Worldwide Program

Authors:

Joana Cardim (Universidade Nova de Lisboa and NOVAFRICA)

Teresa Molina-Millán (Universidad de Alicante, NOVAFRICA and IZA)

Pedro C. Vicente (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, NOVAFRICA, and BREAD)

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.

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