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The Pedagogy of Science and Environment: Experimental Evidence from Peru

Diether Beuermann (), Emma Näslund-Hadley, Inder Ruprah () and Jennelle Thompson

No 4087, IDB Publications (Working Papers) from Inter-American Development Bank

Abstract: In today's knowledge-based societies, understanding basic scientific concepts and the capacity to structure and solve scientific questions is more critical than ever. Accordingly, in this paper we test an innovative methodology for teaching science and environment in public primary schools where traditional (teacher centred) teaching was replaced with student centred activities using LEGO kits. We document positive and significant improvements of 0.18 standard deviations in standardised test scores. Such positive results are mainly concentrated within boys that were located above the median of baseline academic performance.

Keywords: Peru; Education; Teaching; Impact Evaluation; Enseñanza; Educación; Evaluación de Impacto; Pedagogía; Pedagogy; Ciencias; Medio Ambiente; Science; Environment; Primary Education; Educación Primaria; OVE Working Papers; Documentos de Trabajo OVE; Efectividad en el Desarrollo; Development Effectiveness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I28 O15 I29 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-10
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