We study a program designed to encourage learning from coworkers among school teachers. In an experiment, we document gains in job performance when high- and low-skilled teachers are paired and asked to work together on improving their skills. Pairs are matched on specific skills measured in prior evaluations. Each pair includes a target teacher who scores low in one or more of 19 skills and a partner who scores high in (many of) the target's deficient skills. Student achievement improved 0.12 standard deviations in low-skilled teachers' classrooms. Improvements are likely the result of target teachers learning skills from their partner.
Papay, John P., Eric S. Taylor, John H. Tyler, and Mary E. Laski.
"Learning Job Skills from Colleagues at Work: Evidence from a Field Experiment Using Teacher Performance Data."
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,
Analysis of Education
Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
Public Sector Labor Markets
Personnel Economics: Training