Equity and effectiveness in East African primary schools

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Leibbrandt, Murray en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Lee, Valerie en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Zuze, Tia Linda en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-31T12:20:33Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-31T12:20:33Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Zuze, T. 2008. Equity and effectiveness in East African primary schools. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/5671
dc.description Researchers and policy makers agree that studying the relationship between school qualityand academic achievement will benefit public investment in education. An important turningpoint in educational delivery in Africa came during the 1990 World Conference on Educationfor All where renewed commitments to quality basic education were made. Against thisbackground, interest in how African education systems are progressing has increased. Thisthesis contributes to this understanding in three important ways. The first and broadestobjective is to assess the role of comparative studies in setting educational standards. Thesecond relates to how schools within three East African education systems can contribute tothe academic success of students whatever their background. The third is to investigate whichschools most effectively ensure a meaningful educational experience for children who faceeconomic and social hardships. Data are sourced from the second wave of a cross-nationalsurvey of schools in Southern and Eastern Africa. Hierarchical Linear Modelling is used toanalyse data on schools and students in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.The results demonstrate that, although valuable for establishing general patterns of effects,comparative studies should be followed by further investigation of the salient issues at workwithin individual countries. Contrary to earlier studies in developing countries, anunambiguous positive relationship between socioeconomic status and student performancewas evident across this region. Compositional, structural and organisational characteristics ofEast African primary schools were found to be related to academic achievement. Academicallysupportive relationships between students and household members benefited studentperformance in Kenya and Tanzania. In line with the school effectiveness theory, resourceavailability proved to be consistently related to educational quality and its equitable distributionin Uganda. An important finding relating to gender was that characteristics of schools thatimproved quality did so more effectively for boys than for girls and therefore increased themale academic advantage. The implication is that the climate for learning in East Africanprimary schools is better suited to educating boys.The study recommends that future surveys pay closer attention to how student attitudes tolearning are shaped so that schools can play a more effective role in motivating students. Totease out exactly how the educational environment influences learning, it is also recommendedthat more longitudinal studies be pursued by the educational research community. That thepace of educational reform is often painfully slow makes the use of longitudinal data to track itscourse all the more necessary.
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Economics en_ZA
dc.title Equity and effectiveness in East African primary schools en_ZA
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department School of Economics en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Zuze, T. L. (2008). <i>Equity and effectiveness in East African primary schools</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/5671 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Zuze, Tia Linda. <i>"Equity and effectiveness in East African primary schools."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/5671 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Zuze TL. Equity and effectiveness in East African primary schools. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics, 2008 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/5671 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Zuze, Tia Linda DA - 2008 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2008 T1 - Equity and effectiveness in East African primary schools TI - Equity and effectiveness in East African primary schools UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/5671 ER - en_ZA


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