Increasing students' aspirations: the impact of a role model on students' educational attainment
Last registered on July 18, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Increasing students' aspirations: the impact of a role model on students' educational attainment
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001832
Initial registration date
December 06, 2016
Last updated
July 18, 2017 1:50 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Oxford
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2016-10-07
End date
2017-09-29
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This project involves randomised screenings of an aspirations-building film to secondary school students before their national exams. The film is called Queen of Katwe and is a biographical film, based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, about the rise of a poverty stricken Ugandan girl to become a world chess champion. The film therefore offers a potential role model to young Ugandan students about working hard to achieve their dreams and overcoming challenges.

A growing body of behavioural economics research suggests that people’s aspirations and sense of control over their lives may be beaten down over time by the very difficult nature of living in poverty. Providing an example of a successful peer as a role model may help to create new mental models at a crucial decision point in young peoples’ lives. This research design allows us to test whether something as simple as viewing an aspirational film can positively impact young people’s educational achievement and hence have long run impact on their earning potential. It would allow us to answer the following questions:
1. Does the viewing of an aspirational film featuring a potential role model, The Queen of Katwe, positively impact students' national exam performance?
2. Does this impact vary by the gender or age of the viewer, or by the level of exam being sat?
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Riley, Emma. 2017. "Increasing students' aspirations: the impact of a role model on students' educational attainment ." AEA RCT Registry. July 18. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1832/history/19585
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The study involved a treatment and a placebo intervention:
- The aspiration intervention involved a cinema screening of "The Queen of Katwe", the aspirational story of a young girl's rise out of poverty to become a world chess champion.
- The placebo intervention involved a cinema screening of "Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children", a fantasy story about children with paranormal abilities.

Intervention Start Date
2016-10-07
Intervention End Date
2016-10-12
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The outcome variables are student results on the national exams: The Uganda Certificate of Education and the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education. These will be analysed as detailed in the attached pre-analysis plan
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
See attached pre-analysis plan
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The study involves randomised cinema screenings of a movie to Ugandan Secondary School students preparing to sit their national exams. The study features two treatment arms:
1. Aspirational movie - The Queen of Katwe
2. Placebo movie - Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
The randomisation was done by drawing shuffled movie tickets out of a bag. The movie tickets were printed by a ticket machine and were identical except for the movie name on the ticket.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1900 students
Sample size: planned number of observations
1900 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
950 students seeing the placebo movie
950 students seeing
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Social Science & Humanities Inter-Divisional Research Ethics Committee
IRB Approval Date
2016-09-30
IRB Approval Number
ECONCIA16-17-002
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
pre analysis plan

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pre analysis plan amendment

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Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers
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