SSCLF - Lu Jiaxian, Gao Wenying Special Fund recently provided financial support for the migrant children’s education project, a research project based on tracking database in Shanghai, carried out by the Population flow and Labor Market Research Center of the Institute of Advanced Study, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Both sides signed a total of 1- million - yuan project cooperation agreement for its first phase of three years.
"The migrant children’s education” is a research project based on the construction of tracking database in Shanghai. The project has organized the students of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics to conduct field work, collect a large number of data of the private schools for migrant workers’ children and public schools to recruit some migrant workers’ children and conduct long-term follow-up study of migrant children's migration experience and growth development. The purpose of this project is to build the first large-scale migrant children’s tracking database in China, and to provide strong data support for the research of migrant children's education in china. At the same time, it will explore the feasibility of the optimal policy for migrant children’s education through the data analysis, and evaluation of relevant policies’ effect on migrant children's long term and short term growth.
According to Chen Yuanyuan, associate professor, deputy director of the Center for Population Flow and Labor Market Research, the project began in 2008. The project team conducted two large scale surveys and standardized examinations respectively in 2010 and 2012 in Shanghai for about 3,000 students and their parents in 20 schools, and initially established a long-term tracking database for migrant workers’ children. In December 2012 and December 2014, the project team conducted two rounds of telephone follow-up investigation to those students about their study situation in junior high school, which is currently the only long-term tracking migrant workers’ children's education data, filling the domestic blank in this field. And in November 2015 and in May 2016, the project team continued to conduct a new round of tracking research for a new batch of nearly 2700 students in grade four in 19 schools in Shanghai. The data of 2015-2016 and the data of 2010-2012 are taken in the stages of different policies for the schools for migrant workers’ children. And the combination of these two data is good natural data from experiment, and these two kinds of data can be used for scientific evaluation of the effect of different policies on the quality of the private schools for children of migrant workers. At the same time, the project team plans to track these students for a long time, to form long-term panel data, and then assess the long-term impact of the policy. Associate professor Chen Yuanyuan hopes that the long term tracking database for migrant children education formed through this project will improve social cognition of migrant children’s education and at the same time the school should attach great importance to cultivating contemporary college students’ awareness of concerning about the weak and participating in public welfare activities.
The project team conducted long-term follow-up study of migrant children's education
The project team held seminar on policies for migrant children education and presidents’ forum for consecutive five years