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The effects of mixed-age classes in Sweden

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  • Johansson, Elly-Ann

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    (Department of Economics, Uppsala University)

  • Lindahl, Erica

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    (Department of Economics, Uppsala University)

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    Mixed-aged classes (MA-classes) are a common phenomenon around the world. In Sweden, these types of classes increased rapidly during the 1980:s and 1990:s. But the scientific evidence of the benefits of MA-classes is not convincing. In this paper, we estimate the effect of attending an MA-class during grades 4–6 on students’ cognitive skills. Using a unique survey with information on students, parents and teachers, we are able to control for many factors that could otherwise bias the results. We find a negative effect on the short-run cognitive skills, as measured by grade 6 cognitive tests.

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    Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2008:21.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: 06 Oct 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2008_021

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    Keywords: Education; mixed-age classes; multi-grade classes;

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