Young Lives conducts education research in four countries – Ethiopia, Vietnam, India and Peru. The main focus of our work is on the collection and analysis of large-scale survey data. By linking to the Young Lives longitudinal household panel we are able to construct a unique evidence base for policy-relevant research on education in the context of low and middle-income countries.
While it is clear that impressive progress has been made in terms of enrolments in basic education in recent years, much less evidence is available on the levels of learning achieved and on the closely related issues of school quality. The Young Lives education research focuses on measuring learning outcomes and understanding the school processes and background influences that shape them over the child’s life-course. In addition, we undertake focused sub-studies on areas of specific interest within the study countries.
The purpose of our research is to generate new evidence, knowledge and insights concerning the relationships between education, poverty and inequality and concerning ‘what works’ in education policy with regard to improving learning outcomes and life-chances.
: Exploring the effect of educational opportunity and inequality on learning outcomes in Ethiopia, Peru, India and Vietnam. In this background paper for the UNESCO Global Monitoring Report we examine trends in enrolment and learning across two cohorts of children, born in 1994–95 and 2001–02, comparing children by gender, household wealth, and residence in urban and rural locations. Further, we explore the potential impact of school quality and ‘opportunities to learn’ in mediating the relationships between disadvantage and learning outcomes through two comparative analyses.
New Young Lives Working Papers following the conference on inequalities in children's outcomes in developing countries hosted by Young Lives in July 2013. Four of them directly relate to education: "Heterogenous Effects of Preschool on Child Health Outcomes: Evidence from India", by Priya Rampal; "How Girls fall Behind on Cognitive Performance: Quantile Decomposition Evidence From Andhra Pradesh, India", by Dipanwita Sarkar and Jayanta Sarkar; "Aspiration failre: A Poverty Trap for Indigenous Children in Peru?" by Laure Pasquier-Doumer and Fiorella Risso Brandon; and, finally, "The Effect of Lenghtening the School Day on Children's Achievement in Ethiopia", by Kate Orkin.
New Young Lives Working Paper: Policy and Practice on Language of Instruction in Ethiopian Schools: Findings from the Young Lives School Survey by Daniel Vujich. This paper uses qualitative and quantitative data from the 2010 Young Lives school survey to examine the arguments around language of instruction in the Ethiopian context.
New Young Lives Working paper: Size and Sources of the Private School Premium in India by Abhijeet Singh: The paper uses unique panel data to estimate value-added models of learning production in private and government schools in Andhra Pradesh (India).
: Young Lives at UKFIET, Oxford, 10-12 Sept 2013: Six papers from Young Lives draw together evidence and analysis on these issues from our linked household and school surveys, with a focus on the role of formal schooling in mediating between children’s home backgrounds and learning progress.
By Elisabetta Aurino
Yesterday (29 Jan) the annual UNESCO Global Monitoring Report was published. The report provides a timely update on the progress countries are making towards reaching the global ‘Education For All’ goals, a set of six measurable education goals to be achieved by 2015. (more)