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Global Education Colloquium
Start Date: 10/31/2018Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/31/2018End Time: 1:00 PM
Event Description
Dr. Sharon Wolf, Applied Developmental Psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, assessed the impacts of a teacher professional development program for public and private kindergartens in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. She and her team examined impacts on teacher professional well-being, classroom quality, and children’s readiness during one school year. This cluster-randomized-trial included 240 schools (teachers N = 444; children N = 3,345, Mage = 5.2) randomly assigned to one of three conditions: teacher training (TT), teacher training plus parental-awareness meetings (TTPA), and controls. The programs incorporated workshops and in-classroom coaching for teachers, and video-based discussion groups for parents. Moderate impacts were found on some dimensions of professional well-being (reduced burnout in the TT and TTPA conditions, reduced turnover in the TT condition), classroom quality (increased emotional support/behavior management in the TT and TTPA conditions, support for student expression in the TT condition), and small impacts on multiple domains of children’s school readiness (in the TT condition). The parental-awareness meetings had counteracting effects on child school readiness outcomes. One year after the intervention, impacts on children’s overall school readiness persisted for children in the TT treatment arm, but decreased in size from effect size of 0.16 to 0.13. In addition, persistent counteracting effects of adding a parental-awareness intervention on children’s overall school readiness varied by literacy status of the male household head. Implications for policy and practice are discussed for Ghana and for early childhood education in low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. Sharon Wolf is an applied developmental psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies how children's family and educational environments shape their development, focusing on disadvantaged populations in the United States and in low-income countries. Dr. Wolf's research informs interventions and tests the effectiveness of theoretically informed policy solutions designed to promote childhood development and learning through randomized field experiments. Her current work focuses on three primary areas: developing and evaluating school-based interventions to improve educational quality and child learning outcomes; the measurement of educational settings and children’s learning outcomes; and understanding the links between poverty, education, and child development.

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Contact Information:
Name: Anthony Hopkins
Phone: 215-895-0900
Email: ajh357@drexel.edu
Attachments For This Event:
    > 02144-18-Drexel.SoE.GEC.October.2018.Flyer-v1.pdf
Location:
Korman Center
Room 201
3315 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA
Audience:
  • Everyone
  • Special Features:
  • Online Access

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