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by Rand Corporation

Scientific discoveries over the past two decades have transformed the way in which researchers, policymakers, and the public think about early childhood. For example, recent research in brain science has provided a biological basis for prevailing theories about early child development, and cost-benefit analysis has reoriented some of the discussion about early childhood toward prevention programs. Several recent reports have been particularly helpful in translating research findings into practical information that improves policy. This paper summarizes the contributions from the field of economics, which has played an increasingly prominent role in recent discussions about early childhood policy. The insights from economics also have broader implications for social programs focused on prevention, especially during childhood, rather than later-in-life remediation. This research will be of value to individuals who are interested in early childhood policy, including decisionmakers in the public and private sectors, service providers, and the public more generally.

by UNESCO Bangkok

Promoting Inclusive Teacher Education: Advocacy Guides

Inclusive education is a process of addressing and responding to the diverse needs of all learners by increasing their participation in learning, enhancing their learning experiences and outcomes, and reducing exclusion within and from education. Working towards inclusive education calls for significant changes and modifications in teaching and learning content, approaches, processes, structures and strategies, with a common vision of Education for All (EFA). Teachers have an indispensable role to play in this process.

Pre-service teacher education must provide future teachers with the necessary knowledge, competencies and values so that they are able to create and develop inclusive learning environments. However, a recent multi-country review of pre-service teacher education in the Asia-Pacific region, led by UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

(UNESCO Bangkok), revealed that pre-service teacher education in many countries in the region still had a long way to go to fully prepare their graduates to effectively address and embrace the diversity of learners. 

by Hewlett Foundation

The goal of this paper is to focus attention on the demography of the classroom as one potential factor among many that may contribute to the current learning crisis. In many developing countries, the age of entry into school varies with the results that, even in the early grades, classrooms are made up of a diversity of ages. The literature on the subject, which is scant, suggests that the lack of preschool facilities may contribute to earlier ages of entry and that poor health and nutrition may contribute to later ages of entry. Consequences for learning outcomes play out at the level of the individual student as well as at the level of the classroom. Data suggest that in the first few grades, students older than the recommended age learn better than younger students but that pattern reverses by grades three or four with older children becoming increasingly disadvantaged.

Furthermore, all students in classrooms with relatively large age variances suffer in terms of learning outcomes relative to students in classrooms with less age variance. A pattern of late school entry is most evident in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly among the poor, with students who start older than the recommended age completing few years of schooling than students starting on time. More research and programmatic innovation is needed to explore the various ways that a rapid influx of children into primary school can be accomodated- including overage children who have not had the chance to go to school - without compromising learning.

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