ERIC Number: EJ1147933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Improving Literacy Instruction in Kenya through Teacher Professional Development and Text Messages Support: A Cluster Randomized Trial
Jukes, Matthew C. H.; Turner, Elizabeth L.; Dubeck, Margaret M.; Halliday, Katherine E.; Inyega, Hellen N.; Wolf, Sharon; Zuilkowski, Stephanie Simmons; Brooker, Simon J.
Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, v10 n3 p449-481 2017
We evaluated a program to improve literacy instruction on the Kenyan coast using training workshops, semiscripted lesson plans, and weekly text-message support for teachers to understand its impact on students' literacy outcomes and on the classroom practices leading to those outcomes. The evaluation ran from the beginning of Grade 1 to the end of Grade 2 in 51 government primary schools chosen at random, with 50 schools acting as controls. The intervention had an impact on classroom practices with effect sizes from 0.57 to 1.15. There was more instruction with written text and more focus on letters and sounds. There was a positive impact on three of four primary measures of children's literacy after two years, with effect sizes up to 0.64, and school dropout reduced from 5.3% to 2.1%. This approach to literacy instruction is sustainable, and affordable and a similar approach has subsequently been adopted nationally in Kenya.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Faculty Development, Teacher Improvement, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Randomized Controlled Trials, Grade 1, Grade 2, Elementary School Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Elementary School Students, Effect Size, Dropout Rate, Teaching Methods, Intervention, Rural Schools, Pretests Posttests, Intelligence Tests, Interviews, Classroom Observation Techniques, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Maximum Likelihood Statistics
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 530 Walnut Street Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Tel: 215-625-8900; Fax: 215-207-0050; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 2
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Raven Progressive Matrices
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A