Teacher Training and Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Curriculum Reform in Rwanda
Last registered on February 16, 2017

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Teacher Training and Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Curriculum Reform in Rwanda
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001030
Initial registration date
February 11, 2016
Last updated
February 16, 2017 6:44 PM EST
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Oregon State University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
World Bank
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2016-04-01
End date
2018-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
At least ten countries across Africa, including Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Namibia, are currently undergoing secondary curriculum reforms to teach youth the skills they need to succeed after school. Yet many of these reforms are not effective due to implementation challenges, particularly the prevalence of traditional rote-memorization pedagogy. This study will examine pedagogy-targeted curriculum reform and teacher training in the delivery of Rwanda’s revised secondary school entrepreneurship curriculum, to be introduced in 2016. A subset of schools will be randomly selected to receive two years of ongoing teacher training on the curriculum. A control group will receive the curriculum only. The study will measure impact on student academic and life outcomes over a period of three years. The results will inform government efforts to implement competency-based curriculum reforms in secondary schools across Africa.
Registration Citation
Citation
Blimpo, Moussa and Todd Pugatch. 2017. "Teacher Training and Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Curriculum Reform in Rwanda." AEA RCT Registry. February 16. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1030/history/14093
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intensive in-service teacher training on the secondary school entrepreneurship curriculum over two years. The training includes 10 days of teacher workshops spread throughout each year of the two year intervention, and a one-day administration workshop each year for two years. The training intensity is intended to go beyond standard one-time initial teacher trainings.
Intervention Start Date
2016-05-01
Intervention End Date
2017-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
student outcomes: income employment business creation cognitive skills non-cognitive skills
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Cognitive skills: standardized test scores, grades, endline tests of entrepreneurship knowledge
Non-cognitive skills: self-efficacy, creativity
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Treatment: schools will be randomly selected to receive intensive in-service teacher training on the entrepreneurship curriculum over two years. The training includes 10 days of teacher workshops spread throughout each year of the two year intervention, and a one-day administration workshop each year for two years.

Control: A second set of schools will participate in the new entrepreneurship curriculum without intensive training in the entrepreneurship curriculum. Most teachers in control schools will not receive any in-service training. A subset (about 15%) of teachers in control schools will participate in a 5-day general orientation on changes in the broader curriculum.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization of schools in office by computer random number generator
Randomization Unit
school
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
200 schools
Sample size: planned number of observations
3,000 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
treatment: 100 schools
control: 100 schools
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
MDE for outcomes measured in standard deviations (test size 5%, power 80%, intra-cluster correlation=0.2): 0.2 s.d. MDE for outcomes measured in proportions (test size 5%, power 80%, intra-cluster correlation=0.2): 0.1 (10 percentage points)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action Institutional Review Board #00006083– USA
IRB Approval Date
2016-01-22
IRB Approval Number
13918