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  • Program Evaluations

Curriculum Change and Early Learning: An Evaluation of an Activity Based Learning Program in Karnataka, India

By: Kallan Gowda, Anjini Kochar, Closepet Nagabhushana, N. Raghunathan

June 1, 2013

This paper evaluates the “Nali Kali” (Joyful Learning) program adopted in the South Indian state of Karnataka, and exploits the phasing in of the program over cohorts and schools to identify its effects.

Instructional Model|Student-centered Pedagogy|Activity-based Learning

Region - South Asia

Region: India

Topics

  • Language of Instruction

Publication Type

  • Program Evaluations

Independent Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Institute pour l'Education Populaire's "Read-Learn-Lead" (RLL) Program in Mali

By: Jennifer Spratt, Simon King, Jennae Bulat

June 1, 2013

The Institute for People’s Education (Institut pour l’Éducation Populaire, or IEP) designed the Read-Learn-Lead (RLL) program to demonstrate that the new official curriculum (here, the Curriculum program), if properly implemented and supported, can be a viable and effective approach to primary education, using mother tongue and a very specific pedagogical delivery approach.

Mother Tongue|Instructional Model|EGRA|Reading

Region - West Africa

Region: Mali

Topics

  • Policy Issues

Publication Type

  • Working Papers

Raising Literacy from 20-percent to 80-percent? A Science-based Strategy for Partner Countries

By: Helen Abadzi

May 30, 2013

In higher-income countries, students get exposed to print before school, so they progress fast in automaticity and text interpretation. Commensurately, the poor are expected to progress quickly into meaning and content. The early learning failure in low income countries is due to missing 'low level' building-block skills.

Instructional Model|Language of instruction|Reading

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Region: Global

Topics

  • Testing and Assessment

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

Delivering Reading Intervention to the Poorest Children: The Case of Liberia and EGRA-Plus, a Primary Grade Reading Assessment and Intervention

By: Marcia Davidson, Jenny Hobbs

May 1, 2013

This paper provides key learning from the application of an early reading intervention applied in post-conflict Liberia, which included a robust assessment tool (Early Grade Reading Assessment) to measure the impact of the programme on students’ reading levels.

EGRA|Assessment|Policy Issues

Region - West Africa

Region: Liberia

Topics

  • Text and Materials

Publication Type

  • Working Papers

School Libraries and Language Skills in Indian Primary Schools: A Randomized Evaluation of the Akshara Library Program

By: Evan Borkum, Fang He, Leigh Linden

March 1, 2013

This paper explores the effects of school libraries on language skills, using findings from a randomized controlled trial of an Indian school library program.

Library|Reading|RCT

Region - South Asia

Region: India

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching

Publication Type

  • Literature Review

What are the Impacts and Cost-Effectiveness of Strategies to Improve Performance of Untrained and Under-Trained Teachers in the Classroom in Developing Countries?

By: David Orr, Jo Westbrook, John Pryor, Naureen Durrani, Judy Sebba, Christine Adu-Yeboah

February 1, 2013

This review explored how the impact of untrained and undertrained teachers in low and middle-income countries. By investigating how these teachers perform in the classroom, what interventions have been used to improve performance, and the school-wide implications of these interventions, the review concludes with a discussion of the cost-effectiveness and factors that that influence interventions in different contexts.

Untrained Teachers|Teacher Professional Development

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Region: Global

Topics

  • Policy Issues

Publication Type

  • Reports

Are Our Children Learning? Literacy and Numeracy across East Africa - 2013

By: Uwezo

January 1, 2013

The 2013 report plots learning trends over the last three years with disappointing findings: learner achievement in these basic tests have remained constant across East Africa with slight changes in numeracy in Tanzania. These findings are worrying.

Citizen-led assessment|Accountability|Literacy|Numeracy

Region - East South Africa

Region: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Topics

  • Policy Issues

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

School Resources and Educational Outcomes in Developing Countries: A Review of the Literature from 1990 to 2010

By: Paul Glewwe, Eric Hanushek, Sarah Humpage, Renator Ravina

January 1, 2013

Developing countries spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year on schools, educational materials and teachers, but relatively little is known about how effective these expenditures are at increasing students’ years of completed schooling and, more importantly, the skills that they learn whi

Teachers|School Resources|Educational Improvement

Region - Global

Region: Global

Topics

  • Scaling Up/Scalability

Publication Type

  • Working Papers

Scaling-up What Works: Experimental Evidence on External Validity in Kenyan Education

By: Tessa Bold, Mwangi Kimenyi, Germano Mwabu, Alice Ng'ang'a, Justin Sandefur

January 1, 2013

The recent wave of randomized trials in development economics has provoked criticisms regarding external validity. We investigate two concerns: heterogeneity across beneficiaries and implementers in a randomized trial of contract teachers in Kenyan schools.

Scaling up|NGO

Region - East South Africa

Region: Kenya

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching

Publication Type

  • Working Papers

Visual and Linguistic Factors in Literacy Acquisition: Instructional Implications for Beginning Readings in Low-Income Countries

By: Chiara Valeria Marinelli, Marialuisa Martelli, Prachayani Praphamontripong, Pierluigi Zoccolotti, Helen Abadzi

January 1, 2013

Improving the quality of literacy teaching may require intervening at different levels, for example, encouraging school attendance and optimizing textbook format and teaching methods.

Teaching

Region - Global

Region: Global

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