2-week Learning Camps for Disadvantaged Youth in Denmark
Last registered on May 07, 2019

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
2-week Learning Camps for Disadvantaged Youth in Denmark
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002292
Initial registration date
May 06, 2019
Last updated
May 07, 2019 10:20 AM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Aarhus University
PI Affiliation
Aarhus University
PI Affiliation
Aarhus University
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2016-09-01
End date
2019-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
In grade 8 and grade 9, all pupils in Danish public schools undergo an evaluation of their readiness to embark on post-compulsory education. One in ready pupils lack the academic, social and/or personal skills to be ready for post-compulsory education. On behalf of the Danish Ministry of Education, the trial tests whether a 2-week intensive learning camp in grade 8 have positive effects on academic outcomes, non-cognitive skills and readiness to start post-compulsory education after grade 9. The intensive learning camps are targeted at pupils who at risk of not being ready for post-compulsory education and are implemented by teachers at schools.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Gumede, Kamilla et al. 2019. "2-week Learning Camps for Disadvantaged Youth in Denmark." AEA RCT Registry. May 07. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2292/history/46078
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The intervention is targeted grade 8 pupils at risk of lacking the academic, social and/or personal skills to embark on post-compulsory school education. These pupils attend a 2-week intensive learning camp together with other at risk pupils at their school, during school hours (2 x 35 hours) but outside of their normal classroom. The curriculum is standardized and designed as a remedial education program with a focus on developing pupils’ academic skills in Danish and Mathematics, as well as training of social and personal skills. Teachers undergo a 1.5 day professional development course prior to their teaching on the camp.
Intervention Start Date
2017-01-04
Intervention End Date
2019-06-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Test scores in Danish and Mathematics, School attendance, Pupil wellbeing, Pupil readiness for post-compulsory school education, Personal skills
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Test scores in Danish and Mathematics:
1. Test scores in Danish in grade 8 National Standardized Test
2. Grade 9 school leaving exam results in Danish and Mathematics
School attendance:
1. Grade 9 monthly school leave records (incl. sick, school authorized, school non-authorized)
Pupil wellbeing:
1. Danish national standardized pupil wellbeing survey
Pupil readiness for post-compulsory school education
1. Teacher-conducted evaluation of pupil readiness for post-compulsory school education, conducted in grade 9
2. National registry data on the pupil’s education choice after grade 9
Personal skills
1. Pupil self-evaluated personal skills, collected through pre- and post administered questionnaires
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
National well-being tests
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The experiment is designed as a Clustered Randomized Control Trial with randomization at the school level. All Danish public schools with 10 or more at risk pupils in grade 8 are eligible to participate in the trial.
Schools with fewer than 10 at risk pupils can register together with a partner school.
Only schools who actively register to take place in the trial enter into the randomization.
The trial runs over a 3-year period, in 2017, 2018 and 2019. School have to register each year to take part in the trial. A fresh randomization takes place each year.
Data collection combine academic test scores on camp participants, pre- and post questionnaires on all pupils in control and treatment schools, and Danish national registry data.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization is done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Schools
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
80 schools, each year in 2017, 2018 and 2019
Sample size: planned number of observations
10 - 20 pupils pr. school, with a total of approximately 1,200 pupils each year in 2017, 2018 and 2019
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
40 schools in control, 40 schools in treatment each year in 2017, 2018 and 2019
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
0.25 st. dev. in grade 9 test scores in Danish and Mathematics
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
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