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[liberationtech] Education in Gambia, Kenya: Talks by Prof. Matthew Jukes, March 1-2

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Wed Feb 29 09:36:58 PST 2012

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From: Wotipka, Christine Min <cwotipka at>
Date: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The International Comparative Education program and the Education and
Society Theme (EAST) House invite you to two upcoming talks by associate
professor Matthew Jukes (Harvard University Graduate School of Education).
Light refreshments will be served. No need to RSVP. We look forward to
seeing you, especially at the talk on Friday, March 2. ****

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*The Role of Experimental Evaluations in Achieving Reading for All: The
Health and Literacy Intervention Project in Kenya*

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The HALI (health and literacy intervention) project in Kenya is evaluating
three strategies for improving educational achievement: (i) treating
children sick with malaria (ii) training workshops and text-message support
for teachers to promote explicit and systematic literacy instruction (iii)
setting up ‘Buddy Reading’ groups for older children to conduct reading
activities with groups of younger children. 101 government primary schools
on the coast of Kenya were randomly selected to receive each of these three
interventions. The design of the project allows us to evaluate the
interaction between the health and literacy interventions and understand
how being more healthy allows children to benefit from improved education
quality. Developmental measures of literacy skills and systematic
observations of teacher behavior give us a detailed picture of how and why
children’s reading achievement improves over the course of the program.
Here we report the results after one year of the intervention. The project
highlights the different roles that randomized evaluations play in two
fields of study: public health and international education. An
understanding of this difference is critical for effective evidence-based
policy making to achieve the goal of reading for all.****

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Christine Min Wotipka, Ph.D.****

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology |***

Director, ICE/IEAPA Master's Programs | ****

Co-Resident Fellow, Education and Society Theme (EAST) House |****


Stanford University | School of Education | 485 Lasuen Mall | ****

Stanford, CA 94305-3096 | T: (650) 736-1392 |****
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