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Tackling Teacher Absenteeism with the TheoryU Model...
This article was co-written by Liz Randolph, Alastair Rodd and Consilous Rwanyonga. All three plus many others worked together on the model design and implementation. Teacher absenteeism is endemic in Uganda primary schools. Teachers are, on average, absent from school 1 in every 4 days, rising to just under 1 in every 3 days in rural schools (roughly equivalent to between 70 and 100 days a year), according to te World Bank’s Service Delivery Indicator 2013. This tolerated, chronic teacher abse...
Learning more from impact evaluations: Contexts, mechanisms and theories of literacy instr...
If the word ‘science’ in the term ‘social science’ means what I think it means, we social scientists should be in the business of developing models for how we think the world works, testing them with data, and refining them. But the slew of results from impact evaluations in international education frequently feels like a catalogue (if we’re lucky, a meta-analysis) of effect sizes, not a genuine attempt to understand the phenomena we study. To improve this understanding, we need to do a better j...