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International Journal of Educational Development

March 2015 Volume 41, Number 1

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Number of articles: 32

  1. Mental health and dropout behavior: A cross-sectional study of junior high students in northwest rural China

    Huan Wang & Chu Yang, School of Economics and Management, Northwest University, China; Fei He, School of Philosophy and Sociology, Northwest University, China; Yaojiang Shi, Center for Experimental Economics for Education, Shaanxi Normal University, China; Qinghe Qu, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Scott Rozelle & James Chu, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, United States

    Junior high dropout rates are up to 25% in poor, rural areas of China. Although existing studies have examined how factors such as high tuition and opportunity costs contribute to dropout, fewer... More

    pp. 1-12

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  2. Starting behind and staying behind in South Africa: The case of insurmountable learning deficits in mathematics

    Nicholas Spaull & Janeli Kotze

    This study quantifies a year's worth of mathematics learning in South Africa (0.3 standard deviations) and uses this measure to develop empirically calibrated learning trajectories. Two main... More

    pp. 13-24

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  3. Winners and losers of school choice: Evidence from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Santiago, Chile

    Fatima Alves, MIDE UC, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile; Gregory Elacqua, Public Policy Institute, School of Business and Economics, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile; Mariane Koslinki, School of Education, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Matias Martinez & Humberto Santos, Public Policy Institute, School of Business and Economics, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile; Daniela Urbina, Department of Sociology, New York University, United States

    School choice is a controversial topic in the education debate. Proponents argue that choice would open up opportunities to disadvantaged families. Critics counter that choice may exacerbate... More

    pp. 25-34

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  4. School quality and its association with agency and academic achievements in girls and boys in secondary schools: Evidence from Bihar, India

    K.G. Santhya, A.J. Francis Zavier & Shireen J. Jejeebhoy

    Drawing on data collected from a school-based study in India, this paper adds to the scant literature on the relationship between school quality and agency and attitudes of girls and boys in... More

    pp. 35-46

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  5. Measuring access to learning over a period of increased access to schooling: The case of Southern and Eastern Africa since 2000

    Stephen Taylor, Department of Basic Education, South African Government, South Africa; Nicholas Spaull, Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    This paper examines the extent to which increased access to primary schooling in ten Southern and East African countries between 2000 and 2007 was also accompanied by increased access to actual... More

    pp. 47-59

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  6. Islanders’ educational choice: Determinants of the students’ performance in the Cambridge International Certificate Exams in the Republic of Maldives

    Shoko Yamada, Kiyoshi Fujikawa & Krishna P. Pangeni

    This paper is based on the analysis of a questionnaire survey with teachers and 10th-grade students who took the Cambridge Ordinary Level (O-level) and national secondary school certificate (SSC)... More

    pp. 60-69

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  7. Islamic studies as early childhood education in countries affected by conflict: The role of mosque schools in remote Afghan villages

    Dana Burde, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Program in International Education, United States; Joel A. Middleton, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Political Science, 210 Barrows Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States; Rachel Wahl, University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, 407 Emmet Street South, Charlottesville, VA 22904

    This paper examines the relationship between an early Islamic education and academic achievement in Afghanistan. Fears of political indoctrination have dominated discussions of Islamic schooling... More

    pp. 70-79

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  8. Intergenerational mobility and equality of opportunity in higher education in Cyprus

    Sofia N. Andreou, Department of Economics and Economics Research Centre, University of Cyprus, Cyprus; Christos Koutsampelas, Economics Research Centre, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

    Over the last decades, public and private spending on higher education in Cyprus have increased considerably. In principle, the expansion of higher education may result to a more equitable... More

    pp. 80-87

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  9. Designing a program of teacher professional development to support beginning reading acquisition in coastal Kenya

    Margaret M. Dubeck & Matthew C.H. Jukes, Harvard Graduate School of Education, United States; Simon J. Brooker & Tom L. Drake, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom; Hellen N. Inyega, University of Nairobi, Kenya

    What should be considered when developing a literacy intervention that asks teachers to implement new instructional methods? How can this be achieved with minimal support within existing policy? We... More

    pp. 88-96

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  10. The impact of professional athlete sponsorship on educational attainment in Western Kenya

    Svitlana Maksymenko, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, United States; Anna Tranfaglia, Department of Economics and Global Studies, University of Pittsburgh, United States

    This paper analyzes how a primary school affiliation with a professional athlete affects pupils’ educational attainment on Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). Taking an advantage of a... More

    pp. 97-103

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  11. Corruption in college admissions examinations in China

    Qijun Liu & Yaping Peng, School of Public Administration, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

    This paper examines corruption in college admissions examinations in China. A survey was administered among college students of arts and related majors across China. Based on the data, the... More

    pp. 104-111

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  12. Is child labor a barrier to school enrollment in low- and middle-income countries?

    Diane L. Putnick & Marc H. Bornstein

    Achieving universal primary education is one of the Millennium Development Goals. In low- and middle-income developing countries (LMIC), child labor may be a barrier. Few multi-country, controlled ... More

    pp. 112-120

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  13. What do we know about primary teachers’ mathematical content knowledge in South Africa? An analysis of SACMEQ 2007

    Hamsa Venkat, Marang Centre, Wits School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Nic Spaull, ReSEP, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

    There is consensus in the international mathematics teacher education literature that teachers should, at the most basic level, have mastery of the content knowledge they are required to teach. In ... More

    pp. 121-130

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  14. International migration and human capital in Mexico: Networks or parental absence?

    Jaime Lara

    This article discusses the effect of international migration on the accumulation of human capital among Mexican youths aged 15–18 who are left behind. Evidence indicates the existence of a negative... More

    pp. 131-142

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  15. Special and inclusive education in Ghana: Status and progress, challenges and implications

    Lawrence Kofi Ametepee, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, United States; Dimitris Anastasiou, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Department of Educational Psychology & Special Education, United States

    This case study investigates the special and inclusive education in Ghana. The authors first delineate the wider human well-being and historical contexts. Applying a descriptive design based on... More

    pp. 143-152

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  16. Does teaching quality matter? Students learning outcome related to teaching quality in public and private primary schools in India

    Renu Singh & Sudipa Sarkar

    This paper investigates how teaching quality impacts students’ outcomes in public and low fee charging private schools in India. Drawing on Young Lives longitudinal study, students in private... More

    pp. 153-163

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  17. Does inequality in educational attainment matter for China's economic growth?

    Nannan Yu & Bo Yu, School of Management at Harbin Institute of Technology, China; Martin de Jong & Servaas Storm, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology

    Using panel cointegration techniques, this paper empirically estimates the long-run effect of inequality in educational attainment on economic growth during the period 1990–2010 in China. We... More

    pp. 164-173

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  18. Beyond education: What role can schools play in the support and protection of children in extreme settings?

    Morten Skovdal, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Catherine Campbell, Department of Social Psychology, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom

    This paper seeks to contribute to the development of the field of ‘schools in extreme settings’ as a specific problem space for research that informs school-focused policies and interventions to... More

    pp. 175-183

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  19. ‘Changing the context’: Tackling discrimination at school and in society

    Caroline Howarth, LSE, United Kingdom; Eleni Andreouli, Open University, United Kingdom

    In this paper we propose a social psychological framework for studying the role of schools in promoting positive intercultural relations. We draw on data from schools in England where addressing... More

    pp. 184-191

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  20. School as a place of violence and hope: Tensions of education for children and families in post-intifada Palestine

    Bree Akesson

    For children living in the context of political violence, school is often conceptualized as a safe physical place with education representing hope for the future. Yet school can also be a place of ... More

    pp. 192-199

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