ERIC Number: EJ1107213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Does Family Background Matter for Learning in East Africa?
Jones, Sam; Schipper, Youdi
Africa Education Review, v12 n1 p7-27 2015
The extent to which differences in family background characteristics explain differences in learning outcomes between children captures the extent of equality in educational opportunities. This study uses large-scale data on literacy and numeracy outcomes for children of school age across East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) to investigate the contribution of family background to learning differences. We find that learning differences between children from less-advantaged households and those from more-advantaged households equals around one year or more of effective learning on average. Even so, family background does not fully explain why children of school starting age display large differences in learning between countries.
Descriptors: Family Characteristics, Educational Opportunities, Outcomes of Education, Individual Differences, Achievement Gap, Socioeconomic Influences, Standardized Tests, Scores, Regression (Statistics), Parent Background, Regional Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Disadvantaged, Advantaged, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
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