Teacher Content Knowledge in Developing Countries: Evidence from a Math Assessment in El Salvador

Brunetti, Aymo; Büchel, Konstantin; Jakob, Martina; Jann, Ben; Kühnhanss, Christoph; Steffen, Daniel (25 March 2020). Teacher Content Knowledge in Developing Countries: Evidence from a Math Assessment in El Salvador (University of Bern Social Sciences Working Papers 34). Bern: University of Bern, Department of Social Sciences

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Education is one of the key resources in the fight against poverty. While substantial progress has been made in terms of school enrollment, evidence suggests that educational quality is still alarmingly low in many developing countries. Various explanations have been suggested, but one very obvious factor in the educational production function has received surprisingly little attention: the content knowledge of teachers. For this study, we administered an exam-type assessment to a representative sample of 224 primary school teachers in Morazán, El Salvador. The average teacher scored 47% correct answers on 50 questions covering the official math curriculum for second to sixth graders. Overall, our results point to an even more worrying situation than suggested by previous findings based on indirect measures of content-related teacher skills in several African countries.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Brunetti, Aymo; Büchel, Konstantin; Jakob, Martina Saskia; Jann, Ben; Kühnhanss, Christoph and Steffen, Daniel

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

Series:

University of Bern Social Sciences Working Papers

Publisher:

University of Bern, Department of Social Sciences

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ben Jann

Date Deposited:

23 Apr 2020 10:43

Last Modified:

23 Apr 2020 10:43

JEL Classification:

I21, I25, J24, O15

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.142456

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/142456

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