SchoolsMap

How can we compare education outcomes in different countries? One way is to present data visually on a map.

SchoolsMap aims to create a visual, interactive map that will serve as a central portal for education data and dialogue on the web. It provides two benefits to the user:

  • Data: click on different regions and view comparative education data (for example, see the below screenshot of a map I created in ZeeMaps). Ultimately we aim to have all the schools in the world on a map.
  • Communication: allow education stakeholders to communicate across geographies, using threaded and facilitated debate about education (especially video).

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For this map, I chose 3 countries- China, Kenya, and the US- and three data points to present (adolescent fertility rates, per-pupil spending, and female enrollment ratios).

Adolescent fertility rates are calculated as the number of births per 1000 women ages 15-19. This number is around 8 in China, 95 in Kenya, and 33 in the US.

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Per-pupil spending is calculated as the % of GDP per capita spent on secondary education. This number is 11.5% in China, 22.3% in Kenya, and 7% in the US.

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Female enrollment ratios are calculated as the percent of females enrolled in secondary school. This number is 87% in China, 57% in Kenya, and 94% in the US.

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This data shows a correlation between adolescent fertility rates and female enrollment ratios. While correlation does not imply causation, this data presentation and visualization may lead to the following questions, to be answered in a future video communication thread:

  • Do female enrollment ratios impact adolescent fertility rates? Why or why not?
  • Should a country spend a higher or lower percentage of its GDP per capita on education? Why or why not?
  • Which of these three elements is the strongest indicator of education outcomes?

 

Stay tuned! To get involved with SchoolsMap please email gitis@mit.edu.

 

Sources: World Bank Data Query and  UNESCO Institute for Statistics

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