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Football to Improve Math and Reading Performance

Chris Van Klaveren and Kristof De Witte (2012). Football to Improve Math and Reading Performance


Schools frequently increase instructional time to improve students' numeric and
reading performance, but there is little evidence on the eectiveness of such an increase.
This study evaluates 'Playing for Success', an extended day program for underachieving
pupils that uses the football environment as a motivating force. Primary school pupils
with low motivation and self-esteem are oered practical and sports related teaching
content for 30 additional hours. The program is evaluated using a randomized controlled
eld experiment. The results indicate that Playing for Success does not signicantly
improve math and reading performance of primary school students.
Keywords: Achievement; Child Development; Evaluation; Motivation; Extended School Day.

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