Researchers

at the Doctoral Program in Complexity Sciences
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Harvey Spencer Sánchez-Restrepo

Inequality in Learning Outcomes and Educational Deprivation: Unveiling the Key-Drivers throught Statistical and Complex Network Analysis

This research conceives an educational system as a complex network to incorporate a rich framework for analyzing topological and statistical properties of inequality and learning deprivation at different levels, as well as to simulate the structure, stability and fragility of the educational system. The model offers a natural way to estimate learning deprivation in each country, offering high-level evidences on the deep lack of equity in educational systems and unveiling the structure of learning inequality.

This approach provides a set of unique advantages over classical analysis tools because it allows the use of large-scale assessments and other evidences for combining the richness of qualitative analysis with quantitative inferences for measuring inequality gaps. An additional advantage, as shown in our results using real data from a Latin American country, is to provide a solution to concerns about the limitations of case studies or isolated statistical approaches.

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Journals - accepted and published

  • Sanchez-Restrepo H., Louçã J. (2020). A Complex Network Approach to Structural Inequality of Educational Deprivation in a Latin American Country. In: Barbosa H., Gomez-Gardenes J., Gonçalves B., Mangioni G., Menezes R., Oliveira M. (eds) Complex Networks XI. Springer Proceedings in Complexity. Springer, Cham. Access here.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo H., Louçã J. (2020). Educational Deprivation in Latin America: Structural Inequality Beyond Borders. In: Nazir S., Ahram T., Karwowski W. (eds) Advances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences. AHFE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1211. Springer Nature. Access here.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo H., Louçã J. (2019). Topological Properties of Inequality and Deprivation in an Educational System: Unveiling the Key-Drivers Through Complex Network Analysis. In: Ahram T., Karwowski W., Pickl S., Taiar R. (eds) Human Systems Engineering and Design II. IHSED 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1026. Springer Nature. Access here.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo H., Louçã J. (2019). Inequality in Learning Outcomes: Unveiling Educational Deprivation Through Complex Network Analysis. In: Cherifi H., Gaito S., Mendes J., Moro E., Rocha L. (eds) Complex Networks and Their Applications VIII. COMPLEX NETWORKS 2019. Studies in Computational Intelligence, vol 882. Springer, Cham. Access here.

Journals in press

  • Sánchez-Restrepo, H., Louçã J. (2021). Educational gaps in Latin American childhood: regional inequality in learning deprivation with local modulations. Journal of Physics: Conference Series. SSN: 1742-6596 (Online) 1742-6588 (Print) Book in press
  • Sánchez-Restrepo, H & Carmona-Soto, M. (2020). Resultados de México en PISA 2018. Tensores y desafíos educativos para una nueva década. Gobierno Federal. Comisión Nacional para la Mejora Educativa (MEJOREDU). Ciudad de México, México.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo, H & Carmona-Soto, M. (2020). CRECER 2016: las habilidades lectoras de los estudiantes panameños. Fortalezas y desafíos para el aprendizaje del español en los primeros años. Ministerio de Educación, Gobierno de Panamá. Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá.

Conferences

  • Sánchez-Restrepo H., Louçã J. Topological Properties of Inequality and Deprivation in an Educational System: Unveiling the Key-Drivers Through Com plex Network Analysis. 2020 International Symposium on Automation, Information and Computing (ISAIC 2020). 2-4 Dec. 2020.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo H., Louçã J. Educational Deprivation in Latin America: Structural Inequality Beyond Borders . International Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction. AHFE 2020. Reescheduled (Virtual). 2020.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo H., Louçã J. Topological Properties of Inequality and Deprivation in an Educational System: Unveiling the Key-Drivers Through Com plex Network Analysis. IHSED 2019: 2nd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications. 2019.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo H., Louçã J. A Complex Network Approach to Structural Inequality of Educational Deprivation. ICCS 2019: 21th International Conference on Complex Systems. 2019.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo H. A Complex Network Approach to Educational Deprivation. MSCX 2019: 6th Mediterranean School of Complex Networks. 2019.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo H. Desigualdad y privación educativa en Ecuador: el reto de diseñar políticas educativas basadas en evidencia. Seminario Internacional sobre Procesos Políticos, Evaluación y Reformas Educativas en América Latina. 2019.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo H., Louçã J. Hypernetworks for educational policy: topological and stochastic properties of inequality, learning deprivation and ethno-linguistic diversity. CCS 2019: Conference on Complex Systems. 2019.
  • Sánchez-Restrepo H., Louçã J. Inequality in Learning Outcomes: Unveiling Educational Deprivation Through Complex Network Analysis. COMPLENET 2019: 8th International Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications. 2019.

International committees

  • UNESCO. Latin American Laboratory for the Evaluation of the Quality of Education. One of the four High-Level Technical Advisors. Elected unanimously by the 19 LA countries.
  • UNDP. United Nations Development Programme. Leader of the Advisory Board of the Ministry of Education for Policy design.
  • UNAM. Binational US-MEX Laboratory of Geotechnology. International technical advisor.
  • International Research Network (IRN) of World Education Research Association (WERA) . Member for Feature Analysis Approach in International Assessments.
  • Latin American Agency for Evaluation and Public Policy (Aleph). Chair of the Technical Council, elected by members.
  • Latin American Network of Educational Assessment and Research. Founder member./li>
  • Salzburg Global Seminar. Member by invitation.
  • Global Youth Leadership. Member by invitation.

International collaboration

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-México (Since 2020). Education policy specialist.
  • Organismo para la Mejora continua de la Educación, México (MEJOREDU) (Since 2019). Coordinator of the book PISA Educational results of Mexico in 2018.
  • World Bank (WB) (Since 2018). Team Leader & Senior consultant.
  • Inter-American Development Bank (Since 2017). Senior consultant for Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Panama’s Government (2017-2021). Team leader for the National Large-scale Assessment System.
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Panamá (Since 2020). Large-scale assessment expert.
  • Organization of American States (OEA) (2020-2021). Large-scale assessment expert for México.