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Journal Article

Effects of Cram Schooling on Mathematics Performance: Evidence from Junior High Students in Taiwan

Ping-Yin Kuan
Comparative Education Review
Vol. 55, No. 3 (August 2011), pp. 342-368
DOI: 10.1086/659142
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/659142
Page Count: 27
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Effects of Cram Schooling on Mathematics Performance: Evidence from Junior High Students in Taiwan
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Abstract

Cram schooling is believed by students and their parents to have positive effects on learning achievement in Taiwan. Using two waves of panel data gathered by the Taiwan Education Panel Study (TEPS) in 2001 and 2003 and the method of propensity score matching (PSM), the present research found that the average treatment effect for participants of mathematics cramming programs is fairly small. Moreover, the PSM analysis revealed that propensity to attend cram school, higher parental education level, and prior mathematics ability are all negatively related to effects of mathematics cramming.

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