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OAFP 4715 - Education Policy

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

No specific pre-requisites

Course Description

This course presents some of the main educational policies implemented in developed countries. These policies will be commented both from a sociological viewpoint and from an economic perspective. Most of the lectures will be based on academic papers (published in academic journals or working paper series). Higher and primary/secondary educations will be covered. After a presentation of educational systems in an international perspective the course will be devoted to various topics, such as preschool interventions, corrective action in low performing schools, education action zones, class size reduction, the role of cognitive skills in educational achievement, school choice and educational inequalities, school quality, school mix, peer effects in education, access to postsecondary education, effects of financial aid in postsecondary education, affirmative action in higher education.

Teachers

  • FOUGERE, Denis (Research Director at CNRS)
  • VAN ZANTEN, Agnès (Directrice de recherche à Sciences Po, OJC)

Pedagogical format

Instructors will deliver two-hour lectures in sessions 1 to 4. They will deliver a one-hour lecture in sessions 5 to 12. The 2nd hour of sessions 5-12 will be devoted to the presentation of an academic article (or a working paper) in relation to the session theme by a group of 3 or 4 students. Moreover, students will have to write a final review paper on topics that are not covered in the course. These papers (which should be prepared by groups of 3 or 4 students) will be handed to the instructors at the end of the course. There is no final exam in this course.

Course validation

Students will have: 1) To present orally one or two academic articles (or working papers) in sessions 5 to 12 of the course (which corresponds to the last 8 sessions); each presentation will last one hour; it will be done by a group of 3 or 4 students; 2) To produce a review paper (approximately 20/25 pages) which will be handed to the instructors during the last (12th) session of the course; these review papers should cover topics that will not be presented during the course. These topics will be proposed by the instructors. Each paper will be written by a group of 3 or 4 students. There is no final exam.

Workload

Before each session of the course, students will have to read a list of academic articles (or working papers) in relation to the session theme.

Required reading

  • Ludger Woessmann, “The importance of School Systems: Evidence from International Differences in Student Achievement”, CESifo Working Paper No. 5951, June 2016
  • Belfield Clive R., Levin Henry M., 2002, "The Effects of Competition between Schools on Educational Outcomes: A Review for the United States", Review of Educational Research, 72:279-341
  • Eric A. Hanushek & Ludger Woessmann, “The Role of Cognitive Skills in Economic Development”, Journal of Economic Literature, 2008, vol. 46(3), pp. 607-668
  • Perna L., Rowan-Kenyon H., Tomas S. (2008), « The Role of College Counseling in Shaping College Opportunity: Variations across High Schools », The Review of Higher Education, 31 (2), 131-159

Additional required reading

Ludger Woessmann, “The importance of School Systems: Evidence from International Differences in Student Achievement”, CESifo Working Paper No. 5951, June 2016