Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 2 | ARTICLE

Title: CAN A NEW TEACHING METHODOLOGY IMPROVE RESULTS? - A MICROECONOMETRIC EVALUATION OF SCHOOL SUCCESS

Author: Alcina Maria de Almeida Rodrigues Nunes* (alcina@ipb.pt) e Paula Odete Fernandes** (pof@ipb.pt)

Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 2

Abstract:
In the academic year of 2004/2005, the Bologna’s Declaration inspired the implementation of a new teaching methodology in one of the nine undergraduate programmes offered by a public institution in Portugal. Following the lessons of the microeconometric evaluation literature, the present paper adopts a Propensity Score Matching Methodology choosing as the interest parameter the average treatment on the treated. The results show that the introduction of the new teaching methodology improve student pass rates when exposed to compulsory presence and contribution in classes, imposing a higher follow-up of the student’s scholar progress by the teacher and a continuous evaluation. Indeed the treated students seem to show a bigger percentage of positive grades comparing with the non treated colleagues, in all the evaluated subjects. However, in comparison with the levels of passing, the results are less obvious. Even if the treated students achieve a positive grade, this grade is often smaller than the grade achieved by the non-treated students.

Keywords: Program Evaluation, Microeconometrics Evaluation, Propensity Score Matching




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