Publications » School Effectiveness

PB 11: Longitudinal data sets in education (342.5 kB)

November 2011

Sally Thomas and Massoud Salim

Collecting longitudinal data on educational achievement allows schools and governments allows schools and governments to evaluate school effectiveness. Evidence is provided from China and Zanzibar.

Which in- and out-of-school factors explain variations in learning across different socio-economic groups? Findings from South Africa

February 2011

Michèle C. Smith

Comparative Education 47 (1), pp. 79-102. DOI: 10.1080/03050068.2011.541678

Capabilities for learning to read: An investigation of social and economic effects for Grade 6 learners in Southern and East Africa

January 2011

Michèle Smith, Angeline M. Barrett

International Journal of Educational Development. 31 (1), pp. 23-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2010.06.006

Using ICT to Support Science and Mathematics Education in Rwanda (625.9 kB)

November 2010

Alphonse Uworwabayeho, Paul Denley and Rosamund Sutherland

This presentation looks at the 'one student, one laptop' programme in Rwanda and discusses its effectiveness in teaching science and mathematics in schools.

Modelling School Effectiveness and Education Quality in the Southern African Context (819.8 kB)

November 2010

Michèle C. Smith

This presentation looks at the SACMEQ II data set focussing on background, context and school processes to explain the unaccounted for score variation between schools in the SACMEQ six low income large population group.

School level initiatives to improve education quality for disadvantaged learners (539.3 kB)

November 2010

George Oduro and Mike Fertig

This presentation discusses measures that can be taken at a school level to enhance the quality of education provided. It looks at case studies and examples to show the importance of capacity building and community involvement to education at the local level.

Exploring Gender Equitable Quality Education (299.3 kB)

November 2010

Jolly Rubagiza and Anjum Halai

This presentation looks at findings from across the EdQual projects and assess the level of gender equality in classrooms. It shows how more work is needed to improve equitable treatment.

Accessible textbooks for learning in a European language in Africa (175.2 kB)

November 2010

John Clegg

This presentation discusses the implications of publishing textbooks with a European language of instruction. It argues that textbooks in European languages are often unreadable to African learners.

Language of instruction and quality of learning (186.0 kB)

November 2010

John Clegg

This presentation argues that teachers provide a more effective pedagogy when using their first language (L1). It demonstrates how reading, writing and speaking suffer when lessons are conducted in a second language (L2)

Primary School Leadership for Education Quality (1.2 MB)

November 2010

George Oduro and Mike Fertig

This presentation looks at work carried out through an action research methodology that shows how an enhanced leadership role for headteachers can dramatically improve school and education quality.

WP 27: Towards a framework for understanding the quality of education. (951.5 kB)

November 2010

Leon Tikly

This working paper sets out the evolution of the overall approach and framework for researching the quality of education in Africa.

PB 10: A good quality education arises from interaction between three enabling environments: policy, the school, and the home and community. (540.5 kB)

November 2010

Professor Leon Tikly.

This policy brief establishes a model for good quality education. It prioritises context in any situation but suggests that quality education arises from interaction between three key environments.

PB 9: Quality Early Childhood Care and Education helps provide the best start for young lives. (565.7 kB)

November 2010

Dr Rita Chawla-Duggan with Dr Kafui Etsey and Professor Vrinda Datta

This policy brief looks at research that shows early childhood care and education to be a significant factor in tackling wider issues of inclusion and equality. However it argues that there is still some way to go in developing adequate links between early childhood care and further education.

WP 24: Which in and out of school factors explain variations in learning across different socio economic groups? Findings from South Africa. (1.1 MB)

November 2010

Michèle Smith

The work presented here investigates which pupil background, school context and school resources (human and physical) factors affect individual pupil academic attainment by concentrating on developing separate multi-level models for individual learners of similar socio-economic status.

PB 1: Determinants of Primary Students' Attainment in Africa (994.3 kB)

September 2010

Angeline Barrett, Michelle Smith

This policy brief suggests targeted investment, basic learning resources and skilled school leadership are key in addressing primary attainment in Africa. It draws on EdQual research using data on 17,000 pupils and their teachers in 1000 primary schools across six countries in East and Southern Africa that identified factors in and out of school affecting pupil scores in reading and maths tests.

WP 23: Social and economic effects on primary pupils' reading achievement: findings from Southern and East Africa (1.0 MB)

July 2010

Michèle Smith, Angeline M. Barrett

This working paper investigates what material resources in the home and social influences give primary school students an advantage in learning to read by analysing data collected by the Southern and East African Consortium for Monitoring Education Quality (SACMEQ) in six low income countries and four small middle income states.

Primary school quality for different socio-economic groups: findings from South Africa? (558.2 kB)

June 2010

Michele Smith

Presentation at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. 22 June 2010.

Proposal (revised): School Effectiveness and Education Quality in East and Southern Africa (SeeQ) (253.5 kB)

April 2008

Proposal for EdQual's SeeQ project, as revised April 2008.

Measuring school quality: developing a model of school effectiveness in sub-Saharan Africa (719.3 kB)

September 2007

Guoxing Yu, Sally Thomas, Angeline. M. Barrett.

Paper presented at 9th UKFIET Conference, University of Oxford, 11-13 September 2007.

WP 8: The range and extent of school effects in SACMEQ II school systems (1.2 MB)

September 2007

Guoxing Yu, Sally Thomas

This working paper describes in detail initial analyses of SACMEQ II data, using multilevel modelling techniques, to develop general models of school effectiveness for SACMEQ II member countries and specific models for Tanzania (including Zanzibar). This research was undertaken as part of EdQual’s SeeQ project.

WP 7: Research evidence of school effectiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa (939.8 kB)

July 2007

Guoxing Yu

This working paper discusses the history and insights of school effectiveness research (SER) from both developed and developing countries. It raises the importance of context in understanding indicator transferability, and outlines the potential contribution to SER knowledge from EdQual’s SeeQ project.