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The impact of an extensive high school counseling program on students' post-school pathways
Last registered on April 11, 2018

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
The impact of an extensive high school counseling program on students' post-school pathways
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002738
Initial registration date
March 13, 2018
Last updated
April 11, 2018 3:44 AM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Cologne
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Cologne
PI Affiliation
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
PI Affiliation
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
PI Affiliation
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2018-01-15
End date
2020-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The study aims at evaluating the impact of an extensive counseling program, which is provided to high school students in academically oriented high schools (Gymnasium) and comprehensive high schools (Gesamtschulen) in Germany. During the intervention, specifically trained guidance counselors serve as contact persons for all questions regarding post-school pathways and provide information on post-secondary educational programs. The intervention especially targets low-SES students aiming at reducing social inequality in the transition to higher education. The study will investigate whether the intervention reduces educational inequality by means of analyzing the intervention's effect on higher education enrollment rates. Additionally, the impact on students' overall subjective satisfaction with their educational choices and on non-cognitive skills will be examined. Thus, the study will contribute to the literature on the impact of counseling programs on the reduction of educational inequality.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Erdmann, Melinda et al. 2018. "The impact of an extensive high school counseling program on students' post-school pathways ." AEA RCT Registry. April 11. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2738-4.0.
Former Citation
Erdmann, Melinda et al. 2018. "The impact of an extensive high school counseling program on students' post-school pathways ." AEA RCT Registry. April 11. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2738/history/27987.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The intervention is an extensive counseling program provided to high school students in the school setting. Specifically trained guidance counselors visit the students in their high schools, serve as contact persons for all questions regarding post-school pathways and provide information on post-secondary educational programs in one-to-one sessions on a regular basis. The intervention especially targets low-SES students aiming at reducing social inequality in the transition to higher education.
Intervention Start Date
2018-04-16
Intervention End Date
2020-10-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Higher education enrollment
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
intention to study, majors, satisfaction with post-school educational choice, non-cognitive skills, achievement
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The design combines a multisite RCT and a cluster RCT.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
The randomization will be conducted in office using a computer program after informed consent of participating schools/subjects and after baseline measurement.
Randomization Unit
Randomization will be conducted at two different levels: Firstly, schools will be randomly assigned to a treatment and a control condition. Secondly, students within treatment schools will be randomly assigned to a treatment and a control condition.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
45 schools in total (8 control schools and 37 treatment schools)
Sample size: planned number of observations
students within treatment schools: 50 students within each of the 37 treatment schools: n = 1850 students within control schools: 25 students within each of the 8 non-treatment school: n = 200 In total: n = 2050 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Sample size within treatment schools: 25 students within each of the 37 treatment schools in control condition: n = 925; 25 students within each of the 37 treatment schools in treatment condition: n = 925
Sample size within control schools: 25 students within each of the 8 control schools: n = 200
In total: n = 925 students in treatment condition; n = 1125 students in control condition
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
IRB Approval Date
2017-11-06
IRB Approval Number
N/A