Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Constructivist Based Education Technology Initiative in India
Uchita Bakshani, Tata Institue of Social Sciences, India ; Amina Charania, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
SITE Interactive Conference, in Online, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-58-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
This paper reports a study that explores the benefits of implementing the Integrated Approach to Technology in Education (ITE) initiative. ITE aimed at integrating ICT tools within the regular curriculum, through project-based learning, in schools attended by the marginalized. Existing literature indicates that teachers use technology for different purposes with students of different socio-economic status (SES) (Hohlfeld et al, 2017). Schools catering to students of lower SES use technology in basic ways while schools catering to students of a higher SES use technology to develop higher-order thinking skills (Reinhart, Thomas and Torkie, 2011). The benefits of implementing ITE include improved 21st century skills, improved academic aspirations and adaptability, these benefits were then compared to the costs involved in the implementation. This study further demonstrates the application of economic tools like cost-benefit analysis within the education sector along with the need for such evaluation. The findings of this study are encouraging and suggest the scaling of the ITE initiative.
Bakshani, U. & Charania, A. (2021). Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Constructivist Based Education Technology Initiative in India. In E. Langran & D. Rutledge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE Interactive Conference (pp. 1-7). Online, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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