Engaging Education in a Crisis: The Impact of Technology-Aided Teacher-Student Interactions

Last registered on June 19, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Engaging Education in a Crisis: The Impact of Technology-Aided Teacher-Student Interactions
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005914
Initial registration date
June 18, 2020

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
June 19, 2020, 11:26 AM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Center for Global Development
PI Affiliation
Center for Global Development

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2020-05-18
End date
2020-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
How can Sierra Leone keep students engaged during school closures, without access to the internet? The government's starting point is radio lessons. This study will test a variety of SMS and phone call treatments designed to increase engagement with the radio lessons.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Crawfurd, Lee, David Evans and Justin Sandefur. 2020. "Engaging Education in a Crisis: The Impact of Technology-Aided Teacher-Student Interactions." AEA RCT Registry. June 19. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5914
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
We have three treatment groups and a control group:

Treatment 1: SMS Reminders to listen to Education Radio
Treatment 2: Phone calls from government school teachers
Treatment 3: Phone calls from private school teachers
Intervention Start Date
2020-05-18
Intervention End Date
2020-12-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Time spent engaged in learning activity, Maths test scores, Reading test scores, Re-enrolment in school
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Households are assigned to treatment groups using stratified randomization - with stratification conducted by prior student test scores and student grade level.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Households
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
3,500 households
Sample size: planned number of observations
5,000 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Equal size of each of the four arms (three treatment and control)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
The MDE for the main outcomes is 0.1 standard deviations - this applies to time spent on learning activities, learning outcomes, and probability of re-enrolling in school when they reopen.
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IRB

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Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

Study Withdrawal

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

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