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How computers affect student performance, the good and the bad
Main Category: Psychology / Psychiatry
Article Date: 29 Jan 2005 - 7:00 PDT
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Regular use of computers can have an effect on student performance on standardized tests, according to a new study by researchers at Boston College and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Analyzing test performance and computer uses of 986 fourth grade students from 55 classrooms in nine Massachusetts school districts, the study found that the more regularly students use computers to write papers for school, the better they performed on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems (MCAS) English/Language Arts exam. This positive effect occurred despite the fact that students were not allowed to use computers for the test.
Conversely, the study found that students' recreational use of computers to play games, explore the Internet for fun, or chat with friends at home had a negative... [continues]
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