International Review of Education

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 313–324 | Cite as

Research on the effectiveness of computer-based instruction: A review

  • Ted S. Hasselbring


This article reviews the research on the effectiveness of computer-based instruction (CBI) conducted over the past two decades. Using student achievement as a dependent measure, research on CBI is reviewed under the headings of evaluative studies, summaries of the proportion of studies favourable and unfavourable to CBI (‘box-score reviews’) and meta-analyses. Conclusions are drawn as to the effectiveness of CBI with regard to academic and social achievement. Finally, a cost-analysis of CBI is provided.


Dependent Measure Student Achievement Evaluative Study Social Achievement 
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In diesem Bericht wird die Erforschung der Wirksamkeit computergestützten Unterrichts (CBI) während der letzten zwei Jahrzehnte besprochen. Anhand von Schülerleistungen als dem zugrundeliegenden Maßstab werden Untersuchungen unter den Rubriken Auswertungsstudien, Zusammenfassungen von Studien, die für oder gegen CBI waren (box-score reviews) und Meta-Analysen betrachtet. Schlußfolgerungen werden gezogen im Hinblick auf die Wirksamkeit computergestützten Unterrichts für akademische und gesellschaftliche Leistungen. Abschließend wird eine Kostenanalyse für computergestützten Unterricht vorgelegt.


Cet article examine la recherche sur l'efficacité de l'enseignement assisté par ordinateur (CBI) au cours des deux dernières décennies. Prenant comme mesure dépendante les résultats obtenus par les étudiants, la recherche en matière d'enseignement assisté par ordinateur est analysée sur la base des travaux d'évaluation, des résumés des proportions d'études favorables/défavorables au CBI (box-score reviews) et des meta-analyses. On tire des conclusions sur l'efficacité de l'enseignement assisté par ordinateur sur les plans académique et social. Enfin, une étude du coût de l'enseignement assisté par ordinateur est présentée.


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