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The Pedagogy of Science and Environment: Experimental Evidence from Peru

Diether Beuermann (), Emma Naslund-Hadley (), Inder Ruprah () and Jennelle Thompson ()
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Emma Naslund-Hadley: Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, USA
Jennelle Thompson: Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, USA

No 112, OVE Working Papers from Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE)

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: science; environment; Peru (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I28 I29 O15 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2012-10
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