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The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


Research Seminar: The First Year at School in Brazil: Data Quality, Pupil Progress and Segregation

7th February 2018, 13:00 to 14:00, ED 134, Dr Tiago Bartholo and Dr Mariane Koslinski

The study aims to discuss the relevance of the iPIPS (International Study of Children Starting School) cognitive instrument (mathematics and language/literacy) to the Brazilian context. The presentation will look at children’s cognitive and physical development in their first year at school and assess the impact of early education policy in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The data used in the analysis was based on the first and second wave of a longitudinal study. A random sample of 46 Municipal Public Schools in Rio de Janeiro (2758 children 4/5 years old) was selected to participate in the study. Total attrition in the first year of the longitudinal study was 15.5%.

Key findings:

  1. The items on both tests (Language and Mathematics) worked well, suggesting theoretical congruence of the items, good adaptation and application protocol for Brazilian children aged 4 to 6.
  2. Correlation of first and second measures are: Math 0.754; Language 0.695
  3. On average, children from different backgrounds make similar cognitive development in the first year in school.
  4. Preliminary analysis suggests a small positive impact (Effect Size 0.13) for Language development for the main preschool policy in Rio de Janeiro Public Schools – Child Development Centre.
  5. Gross motor function is associated with cognitive development even after controlling for key variables.

The presentation will also discuss the challenges of comparing data from different countries, especially for mathematics.

Contact ed.finres@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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