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International Problem Solving through Distance Learning

Type: Research
Author(s): Lent
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: International Problem Solving through Distance Learning, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia
This paper describes not only the learning process through which individuals and groups reflected on their professional, institutional, and education sector priorities, but also how the distance learning course (DLC) titled Accountability, Governance, and Quality of Education Decentralization in Africa used video conferencing and other media as interactive tools. Comment

Using Opportunity to Learn and Early Grade Reading Fluency to Measure School Effectiveness in Guatemala

Type: Research
Author(s): Moore, Adelman, Grajeda, Snyder, Dowd
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Using Opportunity to Learn and Early Grade Reading Fluency to Measure School Effectiveness in Guatemala, opportunity to learn, Guatemala
The study further establishes an opportunity to learn (OTL) index based on 12 factors and measures the extent to which opportunity to learn is optimized in a sample of schools in Guatemala. Comment

Pupil Performance and Age: A Study of Promotion, Repetition and Dropout Rates Among Pupils in Four Age Groups in 35 Countries

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: School performance, age group, promotion, repetition, dropout
This working paper investigates the extent of under- and overage pupils in developing countries and the differences in school performance by age group. The study finds that in the lower grades of primary school, older pupils generally outperform younger ones and younger pupils are far more likely to repeat grades. In higher grades of primary school and in all grades of secondary school, older pupils under-perform; they are less likely to be promoted and more likely to drop out of school than younger pupils.

Sub-national Disparities in Learning

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Education inequality, sub-national, attendance, pupil-teacher ratio, education outcomes
This working paper examines sub-national differences in student learning by in 25 developing countries. The study proposes criteria for selecting the best measure of learning disparity. It finds that sub-national learning score disparity correlates poorly to the pupil-teacher ratio differentials and best to attendance rate differentials. Comment

Household Survey Guidelines on Education Appendices

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Household survey, guidelines, International Household Survey Network
This paper contains the appendices for the Household Survey Guidelines on Education working paper for use in the context of the IHSN Question Bank working paper. Comment

Household Survey Guidelines on Education

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Household survey, guidelines, International Household Survey Network
This report recommends the structure and wording of a coordinated suite of education modules for household survey questionnaires. The report was commissioned by the International Household Survey Network (www.ihsn.org) as background for the IHSN question bank. The main text evaluates the education questions and modules used in a cross-section of household surveys, distills their best practices, and organize these practices into a coherent and coordinated suite of education questionnaire modules.

Global Educational Trends

Type: Research
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Education trends, projections, attainment, inequalities
This report covers ten key education trends in brief two page sections with graphical illustration. The topics include: pre-school attendance, losses in school through dropout, future trends for completion and teacher needs in primary and secondary, inequity by gender and wealth, the role of non-formal education, human capital projections, youth and employment, education and health. Comment

Wealth Still Matters: A Study of Wealth Differentials in Primary School Attendance from 1990-2006 in Developing Countries

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Education inequality, attendance, wealth, household survey
This working paper examines changes in attendance differentials by wealth over time from 1990-2006 for 61 developing and transitional countries, based on household surveys and finds that school attendance differentials by wealth have declined over time in almost all countries. Declines in wealth differentials are almost universally associated with an overall increase in school attendance. Comment

Efficiency: A Study of Promotion-, Repetion- and Dropout Rates among Pupils in Four Age-groups in Sub-Saharan Africa

Type: Research
Author(s): Wils, Sylla, Oliver
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Education efficiency, promotion, repetition, dropout, Sub-Saharan Africa
This policy brief measures the extent and effects of under- and overage school attendance among pupils in Sub-Saharan Africa based on household survey data from 22 developing countries. Comment

An Analysis of USAID Assistance to Basic Education in the Developing World, 1990-2005

Type: Research
Author(s): Chapman, Quijada
Year of Publishing: 2008
Keywords: An Analysis of USAID Assistance to Basic Education in the Developing World, Education Data, Information, Learning Outcomes, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia
This study review USAID basic education documents for 33 projects across 23 countries implemented between 1990 and 2005 in order to determine what has been learned from USAID's investment in education systems that might guide continued educational development efforts of the U.S. and other donors. Comment

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