
06528753
j
2016a.01015
Schacter, John
Jo, Booil
Improving lowincome preschoolers mathematics achievement with Math Shelf, a preschool tablet computer curriculum.
Comput. Hum. Behav. 55, Part A, 223229 (2016).
2016
Elsevier, Amsterdam
EN
U71
U51
D31
D41
C31
C61
C91
preschool students
iPads
tablet computers
lowincome children
intervention
doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.09.013
Summary: Lowincome preschoolers begin Kindergarten behind their middle and highincome 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 seventythree 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 lowincome preschoolers' mathematics knowledge in a relatively short amount of time by implementing evidencedbased tablet software.