Empirical information on specific factors that make educational software effective in reaching instructional objectives would be of considerable value. The authors describe the current state of evaluation research with educational software and discuss how popular software review methods fall short of meeting our need to know how well specific programs work.
© 1986 Educational Technology Publications, Inc.
This article first appeared as Jolicoeur, K., & Berger, D. E. (1986). Do we really know what makes educational software effective? A call for empirical research on effectiveness. Educational Technology, 26(12), 7 11.