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Opportunity to Learn

Opportunity to Learn: A high impact strategy for improving educational outcomes in developing countries

Type: Research
Author(s): Moore, DeStefano, Adelman
Year of Publishing: 2012
Keywords: opportunity to learn, time on task
This book includes a chapter which frames the research questions and the issues around opportunity to learn; a chapter outlining the research methodology; a synthesis of the case study findings; a chapter on the resource wastage OTL leads to; and the five case studies. This research demonstrates that students need both quality instruction and time to learn to read.

EQUIP2 State-of-the-Art Knowledge in Education: OTL

Type: Research
Author(s): DeStefano
Year of Publishing: 2012
Keywords: EQUIP2 State-of-the-Art Knowledge in Education: OTL, lessons learned, mozambique, honduras, guatemala
The research on time and learning makes distinctions among allocated time, engaged time, and a third category, academic learning time. Allocated time has little to no relationship with student achievement. Engaged time has been shown to have a stronger relationship to achievement. The strongest relationship found to impact achievement is with academic learning time, the hardest variable to observe and track. Comment

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

Type: Research
Author(s): Adelman, Moore, Manji
Year of Publishing: 2011
Keywords: Using Opportunity to Learn and Early Grade Reading Fluency to Measure School Effectiveness in Mozambique, opportunity to learn, Mozambique
When all the opportunity to learn (OTL) factors are accounted for, only 30 days a year remain for actual instruction to take place compared to the expected 183 days mandated by the Ministry of Education. Comment

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

Type: Research
Author(s): DeStefano, Elaheebocus
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: Using Opportunity to Learn and Early Grade Reading Fluency to Measure School Effectiveness in Ethiopia
The study aimed to determine whether schools in Ethiopia provide adequate opportunities to learn and whether teachers and students use those opportunities to ensure that children learn to read fluently in the language of instruction (Afan Oromo) by Grade 3. Comment

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

Type: Research
Author(s): Adelman, Moore, Jamovich
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: Using Opportunity to Learn and Early Grade Reading Fluency to Measure School Effectiveness in Honduras, opportunity to learn, Honduras
This study aims to determine whether schools provide adequate opportunities to learn to ensure children learn to read fluently by Grade 3. This study looked at whether schools are opening and functioning through the school year, how teachers and students use the time available during the day, whether materials are present and used by them, and whether class sizes are reasonable. Comment

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

Type: Research
Author(s): DeStefano, Adelman, Moore
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: Using Opportunity to Learn and Early Grade Reading Fluency to Measure School Effectiveness in Nepal, opportunity to learn, Nepal
In 2008, the Educational Quality Improvement Program 2 (EQUIP2), in partnership with Save the Children, conducted a study of school effectiveness in Nepal. The study aims to determine whether schools provide adequate opportunities to learn and whether teachers and students use those opportunities to ensure that children learn to read fluently in the language of instruction (Nepali) by Grade 3. Comment

School Effectiveness: Improving the Use of Financial Investments in Education

Type: Research
Author(s): Cetola, DeStefano, Moore, Adelman
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: School Effectiveness: Improving the Use of Financial Investments in Education, opportunity to learn, school effectiveness
This policy brief calculates the estimated dollar value of time loss in 3 of the 5 countries where data was available in order to show policy-makers how poor management detracts from opportunities for students to learn. Comment

Using Opportunity to Learn and Early Grade Reading Fluency to Measure School Effectiveness in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nepal

Type: Research
Author(s): Moore, DeStefano, Adelman
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: Opportunity to Learn as a Measure of School Effectiveness in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nepal, opportunity to learn, school effectiveness
This study answers the following questions: 1) How well do schools provide opportunity to learn? 2) How does actual opportunity to learn compare to potential opportunity to learn? 3) How does opportunity to learn vary across countries and schools? 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

Oportunidad para Aprender: Una estrategia de gran impacto para mejorar los resultados educativos en los países en desarrollo

Type: Research
Author(s): Gillies, Quijada
Year of Publishing: 2008
Keywords: Oportunidad para Aprender: Una estrategia de gran impacto para mejorar los resultados educativos en los países en desarrollo, opportunity to learn
This paper will argue that the basic opportunity to learn does not exist in many countries, assuring that schools provide these basic elements of an opportunity to learn could potentially yield big improvements in learning. The paper will assess the following questions: 1) what basic factors create the opportunity to learn, and 2) to what extent is the lack of these basic elements a problem in developing countries? Comment

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