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.
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).
Learning, Life-chances and Inequality: 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.
Making Progress: Report of the Young Lives School Survey in Vietnam. The report of the Young Lives School Survey in Vietnam has been now published as . The report focuses on learning progress in mathematics and Vietnamese in Grade 5.
: Santiago Cueto, Angela Little and Caine Rolleston respectively presented their work on pedagogical content knowledge, classroom practice and school quality through analysis of the unique Young Lives school survey data at the World Council of Comparative Education Society in Buenos Aires on 25 June 2013.
Comment: Will education be the Achilles heel of growth economies?
Read the latest comment from Young Lives Education Research Officer Caine Rolleston, writing in the occasion of the World Youth Day for the top-10 development blog A View from the Cave, on the critical role of education and skill development in the context of fast-growing economies such as India and Vietnam.