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Federicová, Miroslava; Pertold, Filip; Smith, Michael L. – Education Economics, 2018
To sort pupils at the end of primary school, some early-tracking systems apply a mechanism that unwittingly divides classes into two groups: students preparing for exams to enter better schools and everyone else, who decide not to compete for selective schools. Utilizing TIMSS data and a follow-up study in the Czech Republic, we show that this…
Descriptors: Self Esteem, Competition, Track System (Education), Mathematics
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Korbel, Václav; Paulus, Michal – Education Economics, 2018
Recent studies emphasize the importance of socio-emotional skills, but little is known about how everyday classroom practices impact development of these skills. Using data from the Czech Republic, we show that modern practices such as working in small groups improve these skills. Intrinsic motivation and self-confidence are particularly…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Competence, Emotional Intelligence, Teaching Methods
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Li, Yajuan; Palma, Marco A.; Xu, Zhicheng Phil – Education Economics, 2017
We present a plausible causal analysis of the impact of playing after school on academic performance and investigate parental support as a potential channel. We exploit the data from the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Survey to evaluate the effects by using a propensity score matching approach. The results show that playing…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Influences, Achievement Tests, Mathematics Achievement
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Kim, Youngran – Education Economics, 2017
This paper examines the causal effects of autonomy over teacher hiring on student math and science achievement using the random student assignment policy implemented in Korea. Under this policy, students were randomly assigned to different schools within their school districts which equalized the compositions of student bodies across schools.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, Program Implementation, Foreign Countries
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Baird, Katherine – Education Economics, 2012
This paper investigates achievement gaps between low and high socioeconomic students in 19 high-income countries. On average, math scores of students with indicators of high socioeconomic status (SES) are over one standard deviation above those with low SES indicators. The paper estimates the extent to which these achievement gaps can be…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Achievement Gap, Socioeconomic Status, Educational Resources