|Title||The Effects of a Structured Curriculum on Preschool Effectiveness: A Field Experiment |
|Publication Type||Journal Article |
|Year of Publication||2021 |
|Authors||Rege, M, Størksen, I, Solli, IF, Kalil, A, McClelland, MM, Braak, Dten, Lenes, R, Lunde, S, Breive, S, Carlsen, M, Erfjord, I, Hundeland, PSigurd |
|Journal||Journal of Human Resources |
|Date Published||12/2021 |
This study tests an intervention that introduces a structured curriculum for five-year-olds into the universal preschool context of Norway, where the business as usual is an unstructured curriculum. We conduct a field experiment with 691 five-year-olds in 71 preschools and measure treatment impacts on children’s development in mathematics, language, and executive functioning. The nine-month intervention has effects on child development at post-intervention and the effects persist one year following the end of the treatment. The effects are mainly driven by the preschools identified as low-quality at baseline, indicating that a structured curriculum can reduce inequality in early childhood learning environments.
|Short Title||J. Human Resources |