Understanding and Improving Classroom Interactions in Ecuador


In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and the country of Ecuador, this project has two primary goals:

  1. To understand how children's development is being supported in Ecuadorian classrooms.
  2. To adapt and test a research-based intervention used to improve classroom interactions in the United States for use in Ecuador

The current project stems from questions posed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. IDB researchers wanted to know why, despite heavy investments in education in the past decade, elementary students in Ecuador did not perform as well as predicted. They found that students perform better when the quality of their moment-to-moment interactions with their teachers, as measured by the UVA developed Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) observation tool, were higher. Based on these findings, IDB has partnered with researchers at CASTL to assess classroom experiences of kindergarten, first- and second-grade students in Brazil, Chile and Ecuador. 

Project Status: June 2015 – July 2019

Principal Investigator: Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch

Partners: Inter-American Development Bank