On the fourth day of Edvent, Paul Cappon gave EBE…

An OECD comparative study!

Although issues of process in educational environment will always be significant, I believe that educators must increasingly be conscious – indeed familiar – with international and comparative research on educational outcomes. This is because, in most countries which are members of the OECD, educational policy will in due course be driven principally by the results of human and financial investment in educational processes. With this in mind, my essential reading for teachers this year focuses on comparative studies produced by the OECD. All of these are easily accessible at no cost from the website of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

This first study is entitled “Skills matter: further results from the survey of adult skills“.

Although levels of national and regional attainment are important considerations, substantial differences exist among countries and regions in the requirements to achieve those levels. Therefore, what really matters is the quantitative assessment of the skills that students have actually acquired through educational processes, and that will permit them to succeed in further study of in the workplace. When readers compare results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and those emanating from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), they will recognise substantial variances for more than a few countries.

I urge readers to pay particular attention to the national and regional trends in the demonstration nationally and regionally of adult competencies. These trend lines will provide a clear indication of the likelihood of a particular country progressing or regressing over time – with positive or negative consequences for quality of life.

Available: here. (Paul also recommended another reading from the OECD – “Education at a Glance 2017” – which is well worth a look.)


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