Second Course on Factors Associated with the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE) was held in Brazil
In Manaus, Brazil, between 15 and 18 July, was held the Second Course on Factors Associated with the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE). The training was organised by the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE) coordinated by OREALC/UNESCO Santiago and INEP (National Institute of Educational Studies and Research of Brazil). The event received financial collaboration from UNICEF and Educational Testing Service (ETS)
The course was primarily aimed at providing training on the research methodologies for the study on Factors Associated with Learning Achievement, and included participants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay. The target group included people involved in the TERCE's development who have experience and interest in the use of statistics models. “The course had a practical approach and introduced the participants to the use of linear hierarchical models (also known as multilevel models), as well as in the development, management and follow-up of related research projects” explained Atilio Pizarro, head of the Planning, Management, Follow-up and Assessment Section of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago.
“With the capacities developed by this course, the work teams from the TERCE participant countries now are able to use the study results to respond to specific questions of particular interest to their respective countries regarding associated factors, and thus be able to contribute empirical evidence to the debate on public policy to improve schools,” claims Mauricio Holz, technical assistant of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE).
The course was taught by Ernesto Treviño and his team. Ernesto Treviño is a professor and researcher from Universidad Diego Portales and senior advisor of LLECE, with an Economics degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, and a Master’s and PhD. in Education with a concentration in educational policies from Harvard University.