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Version 1.1 – Updated August 2021

Technology in science

Overview

  • Influence: Technology in science
  • Domain: Technology, School, and Out-of-School Strategies
  • Sub-Domain: Technology
  • Potential to Accelerate Student Achievement: Likely to have positive impact
  • Influence Definition: The use of various computer technologies in the teaching of science.

Evidence

  • Number of meta-analyses: 6
  • Number of studies: 391
  • Number of students: 10,240
  • Number of effects: 567
  • Effect size: 0.23

Meta-Analyses

Meta-Analyses
Journal Title Author First Author's Country Article Name Year Published Variable Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Effect Size
Conference Paper Aiello & Wolfe USA A Meta-Analysis of Individualized Instruction in Science 1980 ICT in high school science 115 0 182 0.08
Journal of Research in Science Teaching Willett, Yamashita & Anderson USA A meta-analysis of instructional systems applied in science teaching 1983 ICT in science 130 0 130 0.13
JD Ellis (Ed) Wise The effects of using computing technologies in science instruction: a synthesis of classroom research 1988 ICT in science 26 0 26 0.30
Journal of Research on Computing in Education Bayraktar USA A Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Computer-Assisted Instruction in Science Education 2002 ICT in science ed 42 0 108 0.27
Unpublished Thesis Onuoha USA Teachers' perceptions of the eConnect and Learn programme for enhancing teaching and learning at a secondary school: A case study. 2007 Computer based laboratories in science 38 3,824 67 0.26
Unpublished Thesis LeJeune USA A meta-analysis of outcomes from the use of computer-simulated experiments in science education 2002 Computer simulated experiments in science 40 6,416 54 0.34
TOTAL/AVERAGE 391 10,240 567 0.23

Confidence

The Confidence is the average of these four measures, each divided into five approximately equal groups and assigned a value from 1 to 5 based on the following criteria:

  • Number of Meta-analyses
    • 1 = 1
    • 2 = 2–3
    • 3 = 4–6
    • 4 = 7–9
    • 5 = 10+
  • Number of Studies
    • 1 = 1–10
    • 2 = 11–50
    • 3 = 51–200
    • 4 = 201–400
    • 5 = 400+
  • Number of Students
    • 1 = 1–2,500
    • 2 = 2,501–10,000
    • 3 = 10,000–20,000
    • 4 = 20,000–100,000
    • 5 = 100,001+
  • Number of Effects
    • 1 = 1–100
    • 2 = 101–300
    • 3 = 301–600
    • 4 = 601–1,200
    • 5 = 1,200+
Confidences
Number of Meta-Analyses Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Overall Confidence
Confidence Factor 3 4 3 3 3
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