Allocating Instruction Time: How Language Instruction Can Affect Multiple Skills
48 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2012
Date Written: February 7, 2012
There exists substantial variation in the exact allocation of instruction time per school subject in primary schools. To evaluate the effectiveness of how schools allocate time to school subjects, not only the direct effect of instruction in one subject on performance in that same subject is important, but also how such an initial effect develops over time nd whether spillover effects towards other skills are present. We exploit variation over time in instruction time for language, caused by policy interventions in The Netherlands, to assess these effects. We find that direct effects on language skills fade away quickly, while effects of (early) language instruction on several other skills are long-lasting.
Keywords: economics of education, human capital theory, instruction time, primary education
JEL Classification: I21, J24
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