id: 06528753
dt: j
an: 2016a.01015
au: Schacter, John; Jo, Booil
ti: Improving low-income preschoolers mathematics achievement with Math Shelf,
a preschool tablet computer curriculum.
so: Comput. Hum. Behav. 55, Part A, 223-229 (2016).
py: 2016
pu: Elsevier, Amsterdam
la: EN
cc: U71 U51 D31 D41 C31 C61 C91
ut: preschool students; iPads; tablet computers; low-income children;
intervention
ci:
li: doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.09.013
ab: Summary: Low-income preschoolers begin Kindergarten behind their middle and
high-income peers in mathematics, and these achievement differences
grow as they progress through school. Technology can provide cost
effective and scalable solutions to improve young children’s
mathematics outcomes. The aim of this study was to test Math Shelf, a
tablet computer curriculum designed to improve at risk preschoolers’
mathematics performance. Two hundred and seventy-three children
participated with intervention students playing Math Shelf on tablets
for 15 weeks, while comparison students participated in their regular
classroom mathematics curriculum. At the end of the intervention, there
was a significant and sizable effect on the mathematics posttest for
{\it Math Shelf} students (Cohen’s $d=1.09$, $p<.001$). {\it Math
Shelf} students learned approximately one year more mathematics than
control students. Our results suggest that teachers can significantly
increase low-income preschoolers’ mathematics knowledge in a
relatively short amount of time by implementing evidenced-based tablet
software.
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