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The link between East Asian ‘mastery’ teaching methods and English children’s mathematics skills

Jerrim, JP; vignoles, A; (2015) The link between East Asian ‘mastery’ teaching methods and English children’s mathematics skills. Economics of Education Review , 50 pp. 29-44. 10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.11.003. Green open access

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Abstract

A small group of high-performing East Asian economies dominate the top of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings. Although there are many possible explanations for this, East Asian teaching methods and curriculum design are two factors to have particularly caught policymakers’ attention. Yet there is currently little evidence as to whether any particular East Asian teaching method actually represents an improvement over the status quo in England, and whether such methods can be successfully introduced into Western education systems. This paper provides new evidence on this issue by presenting results from two clustered Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT’s), where a Singaporean inspired ‘mastery’ approach to teaching mathematics was introduced into a selection of England’s primary and secondary schools. We find evidence of a modest, positive treatment effect that comes at a relatively low per-pupil cost.

Type: Article
Title: The link between East Asian ‘mastery’ teaching methods and English children’s mathematics skills
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.11.003
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.11.003
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 Elsevier B.V. This manuscript is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0. Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
Keywords: Maths Mastery; Randomised Controlled Trial; Singapore; PISA
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472906
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