Girls’ Education Attainment in Southern Malawi
Studying the effects of self-efficacy and agency skills on learning outcomes for girls in Malawi
Both theory and practice suggest that soft skills, such as self-efficacy and agency, are critically important for student success, and are particularly powerful for marginalized and rural girls in Africa who must overcome extraordinary personal and environmental challenges to attend school. Although soft skills are at the center of recent debates around what works in girls’ education, there is almost no consensus about which skills are most important and in which contexts. Conducted in collaboration with community partner Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa (AGE Africa), Aubryn Sidle’s research will contribute to filling knowledge gaps on soft skills through a causal evaluation of AGE Africa’s after-school program CHATS: Creating Healthy Approaches to Success.
- Graduate student: Aubryn Sidle, development sociology
- Special committee chair: Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Department of Development Sociology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Community partner: Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa
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