The Effect of Teacher's Aides in the Classroom: Evidence from a Randomized Trial

62 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2015 Last revised: 10 Jul 2016

Simon Calmar Andersen

University of Aarhus

Louise Beuchert

University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business

Helena Skyt Nielsen

University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mette Kjærgaard Thomsen

University of Aarhus

Date Written: June 30, 2016

Abstract

Countries around the world use teacher’s aides to support students, although there is no strong evidence of any positive impact on student outcomes. We use a randomized trial to challenge this state of evidence. We compare two treatment groups — aides with and without teaching degrees — to a control group. With a fixed budget, assistants without formal teaching qualifications can spend more time in the classrooms and tend to have a greater impact on students than co-teachers with a formal degree. These results are consistent with the notion that the teaching dosage is important for the positive effect of teacher’s aides

Keywords: School Resources; Academic Achievement; Behavior; Teacher Quality; Student-to-Teacher Ratio

JEL Classification: I21, H52

Suggested Citation

Andersen, Simon Calmar and Beuchert, Louise and Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Thomsen, Mette Kjærgaard, The Effect of Teacher's Aides in the Classroom: Evidence from a Randomized Trial (June 30, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2626677 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2626677

Simon Calmar Andersen

University of Aarhus ( email )

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Louise Voldby Beuchert

University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

Fuglesangs Alle 4
Aarus, 8210
Denmark

Helena Skyt Nielsen (Contact Author)

University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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Aarhus, 8210
Denmark

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Mette Kjærgaard Thomsen

University of Aarhus ( email )

Nordre Ringgade 1
DK-8000 Aarhus C, 8000
Denmark

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