Evaluation of Education Programmes and Policies

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2024) | Viewed by 1841

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Interests: teacher supply; teacher development; teacher effectiveness; education policy; parental involvement; critical thinking; arts education; evaluation of education programmes; research methods
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The last decade has been an exciting era for education research. It has seen a burgeoning of rigorous evaluations of education programmes and policies, not only in the UK, US and Europe, but also in Latin America, Africa, Asia and elsewhere. New and more robust approaches have been developed, tried and applied to the evaluation of education programmes.

More organisations and countries are recognising the importance of evidence-based practices in education. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in the UK and the Institute of Education Sciences in the US are just two examples of organisations that are committed to evaluating education programmes and policies to ensure that programmes and policies used in schools are based on the best evidence.

International assessments, such as PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS and TALIS, provide valuable data on the performance of students and education systems across different countries and regions, which can be used to inform education policies and practices.  Access to administrative datasets has also made it possible to evaluate the effectiveness of education policies on a large scale. The use of robust research methods and the availability of data have greatly enhanced our ability to evaluate education policies and programmes and make evidence-based decisions. This Special Issue aims to curate a collection of such evaluations.

Why the need to evaluate education programmes and policies?

Whilst many education programmes have been evaluated, there is also an abundance of education classroom practices that have not been rigorously evaluated. For example, there is still no clear evidence whether class sizes, streaming or tracking, academic selection, academisation of schools (England) and grade retention are beneficial, and for which phase of education and in what context. Further, the proliferation of education technology and online teaching resources, especially during the lockdown in the recent COVID-19 pandemic, has seen many of these resources and this technology used by schools. Most of these have not been tested. Some may, indeed, be detrimental to learning.

Evaluating education policies and practices is crucial to ensure that our children receive the best possible education. It is important to recognise that different contexts and different groups of children may require different approaches to education. What works well in one school or community may not work as well in another, and what works for one group of students may not work for another. Evaluating education programmes and policies allows us to understand these nuances and tailor our approach to education to best meet the needs of all students.

In this Special Issue, we would like to invite papers that evaluate education policies, practices and programmes for all phases of education, from early years to higher education. We are particularly interested in rigorous research in the evaluation of education programmes and policies. These could be systematic reviews, meta-analyses and experimental studies, such as randomised control trials and quasi-experimental studies, e.g., regression discontinuity and difference-in-difference approaches. We also welcome articles that focus on methodological issues, conceptual pieces on policy evaluations and replication works.

If you would like to contribute to this Special Issue, please submit an abstract of between 250 and 300 words.

Prof. Dr. Beng Huat See
Guest Editor

Loraine Hitt
Guest Editor Assistant

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  • programme evaluation
  • policy evaluation
  • systematic reviews
  • education interventions
  • experimental designs
  • process or implementation evaluations

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An Investigation of the Cross-Language Transfer of Reading Skills: Evidence from a Study in Nigerian Government Primary Schools
by Steve Humble, Pauline Dixon, Louise Gittins and Chris Counihan
Educ. Sci. 2024, 14(3), 274; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci14030274 - 6 Mar 2024
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This paper investigates the linguistic interdependence of Grade 3 children studying in government primary schools in northern Nigeria who are learning to read in Hausa (L1) and English (L2) simultaneously. There are few studies in the African context that consider linguistic interdependence and [...] Read more.
This paper investigates the linguistic interdependence of Grade 3 children studying in government primary schools in northern Nigeria who are learning to read in Hausa (L1) and English (L2) simultaneously. There are few studies in the African context that consider linguistic interdependence and the bidirectional influences of literacy skills in multilingual contexts. A total of 2328 Grade 3 children were tested on their Hausa and English letter sound knowledge (phonemes) and reading decoding skills (word) after participating in a two-year English structured reading intervention programme as part of their school day. In Grade 4, these children will become English immersion learners, with English becoming the medium of instruction. Carrying out bivariate correlations, we find a large and strongly positively significant correlation between L1 and L2 test scores. Concerning bidirectionality, a feedback path model illustrates that the L1 word score predicts the L2 word score and vice versa. Multi-level modelling is then used to consider the variation in test scores. Almost two thirds of the variation in the word score is attributable to the pupil level and one third to the school level. The Hausa word score is significantly predicted through Hausa sound and English word score. English word score is significantly predicted through Hausa word and English sound score. The findings have implications for language policy and classroom instruction, showing the importance of cross-language transfer between reading skills. The overall results support bidirectionality and linguistic interdependence. Full article
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