Robinson, C., Chande, R., Burgess, S., & Rogers, T. (2021). Parent Engagement Interventions Are Not Costless: Opportunity Cost and Crowd Out of Parental Investment. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.Abstract
Many educational interventions encourage parents to engage in their child’s education as if parental time and attention is limitless. Sadly, though, it is not. Successfully encouraging certain parental investments may crowd out other productive behaviors. A randomized field experiment (N = 2,212) assessed the impact of an intervention in which parents of middle and high school students received multiple text messages per week encouraging them to ask their children specific questions tied to their science curriculum. The intervention increased parent–child at-home conversations about science but did not detectably impact science test scores. However, the intervention decreased parent engagement in other, potentially productive, parent behaviors. These findings illustrate that parent engagement interventions are not costless: There are opportunity costs to shifting parental effort.
Lasky-Fink, J., Robinson, C., Chang, H., & Rogers, T. (2021). Using Behavioral Insights to Improve School Administrative Communications:The Case of Truancy Notifications. the_case_of_truancy_notifications.pdf improving_school_administrative_communications_-_supplementary_online_material.pdf
Bergman, P., Lasky-Fink, J., & Rogers, T. (2019). Simplification and defaults affect adoption and impact of technology, but decision makers do not realize it. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. simplification_and_defaults_vf.pdf
Robinson, C. D., Gallus, J., Lee, M. G., & Rogers, T. (2019). The Demotivating Effect (and Unintended Message) of Awards. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. the_demotivating_effect_and_unintended_message_of_awards_vf_01.pdf
Gottfried, M., & Hutt, E. (2019). Absent from School: Understanding and Addressing Student Absenteeism. Harvard Education Press , (February 2019). gottfried_afterword.pdf
Rogers, T., & Feller, A. (2018). Reducing Student Absences at Scale by Targeting Parents' Misbeliefs. Nature Human Behavior. Publisher's Version rogers_feller_absenteeism.pdf SDP Supplement 2.pdf supplementary.pdf
Robinson, C. D., Lee, M. G., Dearing, E., & Rogers, T. (2018). Reducing Student Absenteeism in the Early Grades by Targeting Parental Beliefs. American Educational Research Journal , 26 (3), 353-383. reducing_student_absenteeism.pdf reducing_student_absenteeism_-_supplemental_analyses.pdf
Robinson, C. D., Pons, G. A., Duckworth, A. L., & Rogers, T. (2018). Some Middle School Students Want Behavior Commitment Devices (but Take-Up Does Not Affect Their Behavior). Frontiers In Psychology , February 2018 (Vol 9, Article 206). frontiersinpsych2018middleschoolcommitmentdevice.pdf
Gehlbach, H., Brinkworth, M. E., King, A. M., Hsu, L. M., McIntyre, J., & Rogers, T. (2016). Creating birds of similar feathers: Leveraging similarity to improve teacher-student relationships and academic achievement. Journal of Educational Psychology , 108 (3), 342-352. creating_birds.pdf
Kraft, M. A., & Rogers, T. (2015). The underutilized potential of teacher-to-parent communication: Evidence from a field experiment. Economics of Education Review , 47 (2015), 49-63. empirical_in_press.kraft_rogers.pdf