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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

Supporting Change in Literacy Instruction in Malawi

By: Misty Sailors, James V. Hoffman, P. David Pearson, Nicola McClung, Jaran Shin, Tionge Saka, Liveness Mwale Phiri

April 1, 2014

In this study, the authors examined the effectiveness of an innovative approach to literacy instruction in Malawi on teachers' perceptions, attitudes, and instructional practices.

Professional Development|Coaching|Language of instruction|Teacher Beliefs

Region - East South Africa

Region: Malawi

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching
  • Parent & Community Involvement/Support

Publication Type

  • Reports

Learning to Improve Learning

By: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

February 1, 2014

This paper provides a synthesis of what we know about how to improve learning outcomes. Three areas seem to be critical: (1) improved instruction; (2) strong teacher training and in-school mentoring; and (3) community engagement in learning. The paper concludes with recommendations for carrying this work forward, including ways the results could help shape the future research agenda.

Quality Education|Teacher Training|Community Engagement|Instructional Practice

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Region: Global

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  • Text and Materials

Publication Type

  • Literature Review

Best Practices for Developing Supplementary Reading Materials

By: blueTree Group

February 1, 2014

Goal 1 of the USAID Education Strategy aims to improve the reading skills of 100 million children in the primary grades by 2015. This paper captures the highlights of existing research concerning best practices in certain areas of supplementary reading materials development for early grade students.

Reading Materials|Books|Supplementary Materials

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Region: Global

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  • Teachers and Teaching

Publication Type

  • Reports

The Power of Coaching: Improving Early Grade Reading Instruction in Developing Countries

By: Rita Bean

February 1, 2014

This report answers the question: What are best practices for developing and implementing an effective coaching program in early grade reading programs in schools in developing countries?

Coaching|Reading|Instructional Model

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Region: Global

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  • Parent & Community Involvement/Support

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

Association between Mothers' Education and Grade Six Children Numeracy and Literacy in Kenya

By: Benta Abuya, Maurice Mutisya, Moses Ngware

January 9, 2014

The objective of the paper is to re-examine the mother–child education achievement hypothesis, by re-examining the effect of mother’s education, on math and literacy test scores of children in Kenya. Data come from the classroom Education Research Programme at the African Population and Health Research Center which was collected between January and March 2012.

Parental and Community Involvement|Numeracy and Literacy Achievement

Region - East South Africa

Region: Kenya

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching

Publication Type

  • Program Evaluations

Impact of Malaria Control and Enhanced Literacy Instruction on Educational Outcomes Among Kenyan School Children: a Multi-Sectorial Prospective, Randomized Evaluation - Grantee Final Report

By: Simon Brooker, Katherine Halliday

January 1, 2014

This impact evaluation aimed to evaluate the impact of school-based malaria prevention and enhanced literacy instruction on the health and educational achievement of school children in Kenya.

Pedagogy|Health Interventions|Malaria|Literacy Instruction

Region - East South Africa

Region: Kenya

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