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Technology Enhanced Learning Environments for Closing the Gap in Student Achievement Between Regions: Does it Work?
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, School of Education, Gazi University, Turkey ; , Computer Education and Instructional Technology Department, Middle East Technical Education, Turkey ; , Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, United States ; , W.W. Wright School of Education, Indiana University, United States

AACE Journal Volume 17, Number 4, ISSN 1065-6901 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Student achievement gap between urban and suburban regions are a major issue in U.S. schools. Technology enhanced learning environments that support teaching and learning process with advanced technology may close this achievement gap. This paper examines the impact of student and school factors with an emphasis on schools’ geographic location on student achievement in the Cisco Networking Academy, a technology enhanced learning environment. The instructional model in the Cisco Networking Academy combines face-to-face learning with online curriculum and instructional materials that are distributed over the Internet so that all instructors and students receive the same instructional materials and content tests. 4,670 students from 386 high schools participated in this study. Considering together with gender, ability and motivation factors, results showed that students located in different geographical locations achieve equally well in the networking program. The results concluded that this combination of technology-enhanced classroom learning environment help students in different regions equally well to achieve in the program, which gives promising results to remedy student achievement gap between geographical regions.

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Cakir, H., Delialioglu, O., Dennis, A. & Duffy, T. (2009). Technology Enhanced Learning Environments for Closing the Gap in Student Achievement Between Regions: Does it Work?. AACE Journal, 17(4), 301-315. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 23, 2019 from .

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