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Schooling and Covid-19: Lessons from Recent Research on EdTech

August 2020

The wide-scale global movement of school education to remote instruction due to Covid-19 is unprecedented.

Education and EdTech during COVID-19: Evidence from a Large-Scale Survey during School Closures in China

August 2020

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, many education systems have relied on distance learning and educational technologies to an unprecedented degree.

The Impact of Computer Assisted Learning on Rural Taiwanese Children: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment

August 2020

The effectiveness of educational technology (EdTech) in improving the outcomes of poor, marginalized students has primarily been documented by studies conducted in developing countries; however,...

“At Three Years of Age, We Can See the Future”: Cognitive Skills and the Life Cycle of Rural Chinese Children

July 2020

BACKGROUND: Although the Chinese education system has seen massive improvements over the past few decades, there are still large academic achievement gaps between rural and urban areas that...

Independent Reading in Rural China's Elementary Schools: A Mixed-Methods Analysis

June 2020

Abstract: Independent reading—unassigned reading for personal pleasure—has been shown to be an important driver of reading skills and academic success.

School Quality and Peer Effects: Explaining Differences in Academic Performance between China’s Migrant and Rural Students

June 2020

In China, parents have a choice to either send their children to private migrant schools in urban areas or to keep them in their own county.

Factors Linked to Cultivating Successful Readers: Evidence from Rural China

June 2020

In China, education gaps exist not only between rural and urban students, but also within the population of rural students.

Teacher Qualifications and Development Outcomes of Preschool Children in Rural China

May 2020

In the preschool period, interactions between teachers and children are an essential input for healthy development.

Large-Scale International Assessments of Learning Outcomes: Balancing the Interests of Multiple Stakeholders

May 2020

The demand for large-scale assessments in higher education, especially at an international scale, is growing.

Why Aren't Rural Children Completing Compulsory Education? A Survey-Based Study in China, 2003 to 2011

May 2020

Purpose: Although China has instituted compulsory education through Grade 9, it is still unclear whether students are, in fact, staying in school.

Feeling Bad and Doing Bad: Student Confidence in Reading in Rural China

May 2020

This article reports on research conducted to investigate student confidence in reading by collecting data from 135 primary schools in rural China.

Fateful Decisions: Choices That Will Shape China's Future

May 2020

Explore our series of multimedia interviews and Q&As with the contributors to this volume:  China Faces Tough Decisions and Stronger Headwinds China’s Incentives to Work Within the U.S.-led...

Isolating the "Tech" from EdTech: Experimental Evidence on Computer Assisted Learning in China

April 2020

EdTech which includes online education, computer assisted learning (CAL), and remote instruction was expanding rapidly even before the current full-scale substitution for in-person learning at all...

The Impact of Pay-for-Percentile Incentive on Low-Achieving Students in Rural China

April 2020

In some accountability regimes, teachers pay more attention to higher achieving students at the expense of lower achieving students.

Passive versus Active Service Delivery: Comparing the Effects of Two Parenting Interventions on Early Cognitive Development in Rural China

March 2020

We present the results of a cluster-randomized controlled trial that evaluates the effects of a free, center-based parenting intervention on early cognitive development and parenting practices in...

Targeted Poverty Alleviation through Education: A Study of Myopia Among Rural Students in China and Prevention and Control Policy Recommendations

March 2020

Providing vision care to students in rural areas may serve the purpose of poverty alleviation by improving education and health.

Seeing is Believing: Experimental Evidence on the Impact of Eyeglasses on Academic Performance, Aspirations, and Dropout among Junior High School Students in Rural China

December 2019

We present the results of a randomized trial testing the impact of providing free eyeglasses on academic outcomes of junior high school students in a poor rural area of western China.

Reading Achievement in China's Rural Primary Schools: A Study of Three Provinces

December 2019

This paper aims to explore and quantify the reading achievement of primary school students from three different regions in rural China.

Impact of Second-Parent Migration on Student Academic Performance in Northwest China and its Implications

November 2019

ABSTRACT The migration of hundreds of millions of rural Chinese workers to the city has contributed substantially to China’s economic growth since the beginning of the country’s economic reform in...

The Returns to Education in Rural China: Some New Estimates

November 2019

We estimate the rates of return to education in rural China using primary survey data collected in 2016. Estimated average returns to education are 3.1 per cent.

Can School Feeding Programs Reduce Malnutrition in Rural China?

November 2019

BACKGROUNDChildhood malnutrition is commonplace among poor rural communities in China. In 2012, China launched its first nationwide school‐feeding program (SFP) to address this problem.

Sex and gender analysis improves science and engineering

November 2019

The goal of sex and gender analysis is to promote rigorous, reproducible and responsible science.

Academic Achievement and Mental Health of Left-behind Children in Rural China

November 2019

Purpose – China’s rapid pace of urbanization has resulted in millions of rural residents migrating from rural areas to urban areas for better job opportunities.

EdTech for Equity in China: Can Technology Improve Teaching for Millions of Rural Students?

October 2019

Previous literature suggests subpar teaching is a primary reason why rural Chinese students lag behind academically.

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