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Evaluating the provision of flexible learning for children at risk of primary school dropout in Malawi

Jukes, MCH; Jere, CM; Pridmore, P; (2014) Evaluating the provision of flexible learning for children at risk of primary school dropout in Malawi. International Journal of Educational Development , 39 pp. 191-202. 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2014.07.006. Green open access

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© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Communities in Malawi selected 15 children deemed "at-risk" - predominantly orphans - in Class 6 of each of 20 intervention schools to receive learning materials, support from the community and a school "buddy." An experimental evaluation found that dropout was reduced by 45% across intervention schools compared to 20 control schools. The program had spillover effects, indirectly reducing dropout among older pupils in the class not deemed at-risk. These findings imply that age, and not orphanhood, was the main indicator of dropout risk and that when targeting criteria are considered carefully, flexible learning programs can reduce dropout substantially among vulnerable children.

Type: Article
Title: Evaluating the provision of flexible learning for children at risk of primary school dropout in Malawi
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2014.07.006
UCL classification: UCL
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/1480632
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