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  • Teachers and Teaching
  • Parent & Community Involvement/Support

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  • Reports

Task Order 20: Measurement and Research Support to Education Strategy Goal 1

By: Schmidt, Karen

July 1, 2014

Applying Lessons from Behavior Change Communications to the Design of an Intervention Promoting Family and Community Support for Learning to Read

Parent and Community Involvement & Support|SBCC|Social and Behavior Change Communication|Behavior Change

Region - Global

Region: Global

Topics

  • Language of Instruction

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

How Important is Teaching Phonemic Awareness to Children Learning to Read in Spanish?

By: Claude Golderberg, Tammy Tolar, Leslie Reese, David Francis, Antonio Bazan, Rebeca Mejia-Arauz

June 1, 2014

This comparative study examines relationships between phonemic awareness and Spanish reading skill acquisition among three groups of Spanish-speaking first and second graders: children in Mexico receiving reading instruction in Spanish and children in the United States receiving reading instruction in either Spanish or English.

Phonemic Awareness|Spanish|Reading

Topics

  • Parent & Community Involvement/Support
  • Policy Issues

Publication Type

  • Policy Papers

The Implementation and Evaluations of School Decentralization Programs in Developing Economies: Evidence from India

By: Anjini Kochar

June 1, 2014

Low learning levels in many developing economies are most frequently blamed on the lack of accountability of teachers and school administrators in the centralized schooling systems that characterize these economies. To address this, governments are increasingly decentralizing oversight of schools, requiring schools to form school development and management committees (SDMCs).

Decentralization|School Governance|Accountability|Learning

Region - South Asia

Region: India

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching
  • Policy Issues

Publication Type

  • Reports

Incentives & Accountability in Education

By: Gustavo Arcia, Alejandro Ome, Vi-Nhuan Le, Alicia Menedez

June 1, 2014

This report is based on two original papers written by RTI International and NORC at the University of Chicago. The paper by NORC at the University of Chicago was written by Alejandro Ome, Vi-Nhuan Le, and Alicia Menendez.

Incentives|Accountability|school management

Region: Global

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching
  • Testing and Assessment
  • Parent & Community Involvement/Support

Publication Type

  • Briefs

Communication for Behavior Change to Support Early Grade Reading

By: Schmidt, Karen, DeStefano, Joseph

May 15, 2014

Part 1: What is Social and Behavior Change Communication?
Part 2: What is the history and theoretical basis for SBCC?
Part 3: What is the best way to develop an SBCC Strategy?

Parent and Community Involvement & Support|SBCC|Social and Behavior Change Communication|Behavior Change

Region - North America

Region: North America

Topics

  • Language of Instruction

Publication Type

  • Literature Review

Additive Language Learning for Multilingual Settings

By: Agatha van Ginkel

May 1, 2014

This paper aims to answer the following question: when can the medium of instruction successfully include more than the mother tongue? It also explores ways to determine this threshold level of knowledge and whether this threshold levels is different for different languages.

Mother Tongue|Bilingualism|Reading

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Region: Global

Topics

  • Predictive Factors

Publication Type

  • Literature Review

Screening of School Readiness Skills: A Review of the Literature

By: Sylvia Linan-Thompson

May 1, 2014

Ensuring that children are successful in school is one of the main tasks of an education system. Although widely recognized that learning begins in the home where children acquire many important skills (Irwin, Siddiqi, Hertzman, 2010), a seamless transition to formal schooling is necessary for academic success.

School Readiness|Pre-screening Assessments|Cognitive Factors

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Region: Global

Topics

  • Language of Instruction
  • Testing and Assessment

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

Improving Early-grade Literacy in East Africa: Experimental Evidence from Kenya and Uganda

By: Adrienne Lucas, Patrick McEwan, Patrick Ngware, Moses Oketch

April 1, 2014

Primary school enrollments have increased rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa, spurring concerns about low levels of learning. The authors analyze field experiments in Kenya and Uganda that assessed whether the Reading to Learn intervention, implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation in both countries, improved early-grade literacy as measured by common assessments.

RCT|Reading to Learn|Language of instruction|Aga Khan|Literacy|Education for All

Region - East South Africa

Region: Kenya, Uganda

Topics

  • Policy Issues

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

Improving Learning in Primary Schools of Developing Countries: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Experiments

By: Patrick McEwan

April 1, 2014

In this paper, the author gathered 77 randomized experiments (with 111 treatment arms) that evaluated the effects of school-based interventions on learning in developing country primary schools.

Incentives|health campaigns|school management|ICT|Teacher Training|Pedagogy|text|RCT

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Region: Global

Topics

  • Emergent Literacy

Publication Type

  • Reports

Early Literacy Promotion in Rwanda: Opportunities and Obstacles

By: Ishya Consulting, LTD

April 1, 2014

Rwanda has achieved remarkable progress in expanding access to schooling, but there are still significant challenges to address—including the question of

Early Literacy Promotion in Rwanda

Region - East South Africa

Region: Rwanda

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