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ERIC Number: EJ789716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Quality and Efficiency in a Complementary Middle School Program: The "Educatodos" Experience in Honduras
Marshall, Jeffery H.; Mejia R., Marco Tulio; Aguilar, Claudia R.
Comparative Education Review, v52 n2 p147-173 May 2008
In this article, the authors use recently collected data from the "Educatodos" program in Honduras to analyze attrition, an outcome that has received little attention in previous analyses of alternative school effectiveness. "Educatodos" began in the 1990s with radio courses in primary grades mainly for rural adults. Through the years the program has generated more than 350,000 person-years of education. Since 2001 it has also provided middle schooling through audiotape lessons delivered in local learning centers, and its rural focus on adults has given way to a more diverse profile that includes recent graduates of public primary schools. "Educatodos" is a good example of a complementary provider of education, although it does rely on a different teaching technology compared with the average public middle school. The central challenge facing the program is clear, however: to keep costs low enough to encourage participation among the poorest sectors of society and quality high enough to maintain enrollments. The steady growth in learning centers offering these grades suggests that the program is meeting this dual challenge. The overall impact of this expansion, however, has been tempered by evidence of high rates of attrition. It would be easy to attribute attrition in a program such as "Educatodos" to contextual forces related to poverty, but their data show that completion rates are not uniformly low in the program, even among the poorest participants. This suggests that specific features of program implementation affect continuation, a proposition that makes intuitive sense but is based on little empirical evidence in developing-country settings. (Contains 4 tables and 13 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Honduras