[lg policy] USAID presents research findings on innovations for teaching Ghanaian Languages

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Apr 14 10:49:43 EDT 2018


 USAID presents research findings on innovations for teaching Ghanaian
Languages

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<https://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Screen-Shot-2015-03-20-at-5.14.00-AM.png>A
Language Mapping Study conducted in 100 districts across the country by the
Partnership for Education of the United States Agency for International
Development has been presented in Accra.

The study which was conducted in collaboration with the College of
Languages Education, Ajumako, of the University of Education, Winneba, in
schools of the selected districts, where an in-depth socio-linguistic
context analysis  were provided for the implementation of the 2016 draft
policy in education, which designates  a Ghanaian language of Instruction
to each school.

It examined the extent to which the designation of the Ghanaian language of
Instruction reflected the language environment of Ghanaian schools, as
demonstrated by the languages spoken by pupils, teachers and used in
teaching and learning materials.

Dr Julia Frasier, a member of the research team, said the presentation was
to understand from the Ministry of Education (MOE), how they hoped to use
the findings of the study  to inform future dissemination plans, platforms
and strategies.

Dr Andrew Epstein in a presentation on Early Grade Reading Impact
Evaluation revealed that the evaluation measured the extent to which the
USAID partnership for education programme improves Primary one and Primary
two reading skills.

She said the programme generated vigorous evidence and novel research on
the effectiveness of a structured pedagogy model which can improve the
ability of the MOE and the Ghana Education Service to implement its
language of instruction policy.

“It will contribute to the growing body of global evidence on phonetics-
based approaches to literacy acquisition and reading fluency”.

Dr Epstein said the evaluating system used a quasi-experimental approach
through which a viable counterfactual group was constructed using advanced
statistical matching.

She said the ERG programme impact evaluation comprises a sample of 470
schools in over 143 districts across the country, including 9,400 pupils
940 teachers.

Source: GNA


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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