Supporting Learning and Behavior of At-Risk Young Children: Computers in Urban Education

July 2003

This article reports on an exploratory study that examines the potential of interactive computer technology (ICT) to contribute to the learning and behavior of at-risk young children.

"Supporting Learning and Behavior of At-Risk Young Children: Computers in Urban Education"

James M. Laffey, Linda Espinosa, Joi Moore, and Anika Lodree; Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 35(4), Summer 2003.

Summary

This article examines an exploratory study that aims to investigate the potential of interactive computer technology (ICT) to contribute to learning and behavior improvement. The study employed an experimental design comparing the performance of young, urban, African-American children from low-socioeconomic-status homes who were given specially selected ICT experiences with a comparison group who did not have the ICT treatment. The study also compared the performance of children identified as with or without behavioral problems, but not identified as special education. Based on the severe challenges of urban education, the growing capabilities and availability of advanced technology in schools, as well as experience in implementing technology as part of an urban school reform effort, the authors hypothesize a role for ICT in supporting both the learning and behavior of young children who are at risk because of behavior problems.

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