Learner Performance in South Africa: Social and Economic Determinants of Success in Language and Mathematics
By: Charles Simkins (author), Andrew Paterson (author)Paperback
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South Africa has systematically expanded its education system and more learners are reaching higher grades, yet the issue of quality has been difficult to address. One of the reasons for this is that, until recently, the information required to analyse learner competencies in relation to the inputs they receive from their school and home environments did not exist. The results of the recent, large scale Quality learning project (QLP) survey have now made this data available for certain schools, and this monograph uses the QLP data to address the question of how socio-economic variables impact on educational outcomes for pupils concerned. This study contains crucial information for educatinal sociologists and economists as well as for policy makers and education managers both in South Africa an in other developing countries. The research programme on human resources development (HRD) at the HSRC provides state-of-the-art information in HRD. The programme aims to inform the development of skills that will meet national social and economic needs.
In addition to producing an HRD review and an electronically accessible cross-sectoral data warehouse, the research programme undertakes use
Introduction - structure of this report; features of the quality learning project; data preparation, statistical procedures and methodology - introduction to the statistical analysis, data preparation, data reliability problems, analytical strategy, school effects, household effect variables, removing the household effects from the school environment and language and mathematics interest and experience variables, the set of explanatory variables, the language and mathematics test scores, do richer communities have better schools?, regression of language and mathematics scores on the explanatory variables; commentary on the findings.
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