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Effect of the double school day on the academic performance of Colombian students: An empirical analysis to inform the full day policy
Claudia Patricia Ovalle-Ramirez
To establish the effect of the school shift on students’ performance in Quantitative Reasoning, Science and Reading (measured with standardized test SABER11) a quasi-experimental research design was implemented. In order to obtain matched samples Propensity Score Matching was used. Data comes from both single shift schools (including either Full time shift, Morning shift or Afternoon shift)...

Gaps in students’ performance in PISA: What explains Colombia’s difference from Finland and Chile?
Luz Karime Abadia, Gloria Lucia Bernal, Santiago Muñoz
Historically Colombia has performed poorly in the PISA tests, whereas Chile has the best performance of Latin America and Finland is usually within the first places in the world. Using the methodology of DiNardo, Fortin and Lemieux (1996), we construct counterfactual scenarios where Colombian students hypothetically assume the distribution of Finnish or Chilean students and evaluate its...

Basic education in Mexico: A comparative analysis of the educational models of 2011 and 2016
Cristina Araceli Cantú Leal, Alex Iván Arévalo Salinas, Reyna Lizeth Vázquez Gutierréz
This document makes a comparative study of two educational reforms in México, the basic education (RIEB) of 2011 and the educational model 2016, which will become active in 2018, when its new plan and curriculum will implement. The objective is to analyze the similarities and differences of these educational standards, both at the structure level and in relation to their main characteristics....

Institutions, interests, ideas and actors: An analysis of Pronacampo based on a cognitive approach
Damiana de Matos Costa França, Nalú Farenzena
The paper examines the construction of Programa Nacional de Educação do Campo [National Program of Rural Education] (Pronacampo) between 2011 and 2014. It analyzes the institutionalized ideas that originated Pronacampo, the actors and the interests involved, based on the cognitive approach of public policies analysis, with a greater approximation with Bruno Jobert and Ève Fouilleux’s...

Understanding site selection of for-profit educational management organization charter schools
Jin Lee
The rise of for-profit EMOs often becomes evidence of substantial shifts in the governance of education, through which schooling may become privatized and commercialized. This study is designed to understand the economic behavior of for-profit educational management organization charter schools, by focusing on their site selection decisions as a critical factor in making a profit. Using the...

Vocational education in the Portuguese public secondary school: Perceptions of its main educational agents
Armando Esteves, Maria Luísa Frazão Branco
Vocational education was officially introduced in Portuguese public secondary schools in 2004, within the framework of the Europeanization of national educational policies. The main goals of this initiative were the increase of skilled labor and the diversification of the dual certification training, posing several challenges to schools. In this context, the main objective of the present study...

Forbes 30 under 30 in education: Manufacturing “edu-preneur” networks to promote and reinforce privatization/marketization in education
T. Jameson Brewer, Nicholas D. Hartlep, Ian M. Scott
Each year Forbes bestows a handful of “edu-preneurs” with the 30 Under 30 Award in Education (Under30), designating those individuals as the best hope for revolutionizing and reforming education. Boasting low recipient rates, Forbes elevates the manufactured expertise of awardees and the importance of their organizations and ventures. Further, Forbes employs the language and norms of...

Challenges of the Colombian educational system for the implementation of the policy of prevention and eradication of child labor
Ingrid Anzelin, Jefferson Galeano Martinez, Ciro Hernando Parra Moreno
Avoiding ruptures in educational trajectories due to social problems demands synergic actions between social policy and educational policy. This research gives an account of the elements that affect the articulation between these two policies, based on an instrumental case study that deepens the difficulties in the implementation process of the commitments assigned by the policy of prevention...

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