12 octobre 2013

Who are our teachers?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fKag1zsmmFA/TmhpGfmaPZI/AAAAAAAAADE/l2BFF4kPiY8/s1600/Bandeau904x81.pngBy Kristen Weatherby. As we celebrate this year’s UNESCO World Teachers Day, many of us think back to our favourite teacher. Mine was Mr. Monroe, the high school English teacher who instilled in me a love for writing that still exists today.  We all have favourite teachers, those inspirational leaders whom we hope our children or loved ones will encounter at some point during their schooling. But what makes a good teacher? And what do we know about the teachers in our schools today? Read more...

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Skill up or lose out

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fKag1zsmmFA/TmhpGfmaPZI/AAAAAAAAADE/l2BFF4kPiY8/s1600/Bandeau904x81.pngBy Andreas Schleicher. For the first time, the Survey of Adult Skills allows us to directly measure the skills people currently have, not just the qualifications they once obtained. The results show that what people know and what they do with what they know has a major impact on their life chances. On average across countries, the median wage of workers who score at Level 4 or 5 in the literacy test – meaning that they can make complex inferences and evaluate subtle arguments in written texts – is more than 60% higher than the hourly wage of workers who score at or below Level 1 – those who can, at best, read relatively short texts and understand basic vocabulary. Those with poor literacy skills are also more than twice as likely to be unemployed. In short, poor skills severely limit people’s access to better-paying and more-rewarding jobs. Read more...

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Skills for society

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRP4qIrraW46oa4crCboqTzadd3IE4yTumRAbMvuvR527xT31xml_tozi4By Julia Laplane, OECD. The Universal Declaration of Human rights states that “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Yet, universal education has not been always been associated with such commendable motives. Take the Elementary Education Act of 1870, in England and Wales. This piece of legislation set the basis for universal education for all children aged 5-12, but much of the political reasoning behind it was military and economic. Prime Minister Gladstone was quick to see a connection between the success of the Prussian army in the Austro-Prussian War and the German education system: “Undoubtedly, the conduct of the campaign, on the German side, has given a marked triumph to the cause of systematic popular education”. Furthermore, industrialists viewed the lack of an effective education system in Britain as a threat to Britain’s productivity. With the introduction of the Education Act the main purpose of universal education became that of serving national interests and the country’s particular needs. Read more...

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Have we the skills we need to succeed?

http://www.oecd.org/media/oecdorg/styleassets/images/header/logooecd_en.pngHere’s a sobering statistic: In around 20 of the world’s wealthiest countries, at least one in 10 adults can make sense of only basic texts. Ask them a question based on a piece of writing, and they’ll be able to answer only if the text is short, uses simple vocabulary and provides clues by repeating words used in the question.
OK, you’re thinking, not great, but at least the other nine must be able to read pretty well, right? Not so: That figure of one in 10 is just a minimum. In some of the world’s richest countries, more than a third of adults struggle with anything other than basic texts.
These findings come from a new report, the OECD Skills Outlook, released this morning and which, we’re guessing, will be all over today’s news. It represents a first attempt by the OECD to gauge literacy, numeracy and problem-solving abilities among adults and extends the work of PISA, which assesses the knowledge and skills of high school students. If you’re familiar with PISA, you’ll know its results are closely watched around the world, especially the relative rankings of the 70 or so countries that take part. The new adult skills survey, PIACC, is likely to attract similar interest, although it covers a much smaller group of countries, around 24. More...

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How the world reported the OECD skills survey

http://www.oecd.org/media/oecdorg/styleassets/images/header/logooecd_en.png“The French are useless.” Not our opinion, but the response of Le Monde (paywall) to the release on Tuesday of results from the OECD’s adult skills survey, which placed adults in France in the bottom half of around 20 countries in assessments of literacy, numeracy and problem-solving using digital devices.
The Paris newspaper wasn’t the only one wringing its hands: Media outlets and commentators around the world took time to weigh the results of the OECD survey, finding reasons to lament – or celebrate – the results. More...

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Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and improving well-being, says OECD

http://www.oecd.org/media/oecdorg/styleassets/images/header/logooecd_en.pngThe low-skilled are more likely than others to be unemployed, have bad health and earn much less, according to the first OECD Survey of Adult Skills. Countries with greater inequality in skills proficiency also have higher income inequality.
The OECD Survey of Adult Skills is the new PISA for adults (otherwise known as PIAAC). The Survey measured the skills of 16 to 65-year olds across 24 countries* and looked at how literacy, numeracy and problem-solving is used at work.  It provides clear evidence of how developing and using skills improves employment prospects and quality of life as well as boosting economic growth. It helps countries set meaningful targets benchmarked against the achievements of the world’s leading skills systems and to develop relevant policy responses. More...

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Shrinking skills

http://www.oecd.org/media/oecdorg/styleassets/images/header/logooecd_en.pngDemand for high-level skills has never been greater. In the workplace, routine tasks are being automated, destroying jobs that were once middle-class bulwarks. Increasingly, economies demand workers skilled in problem-solving, communications and collaboration and reward those with the ability to recognise and exploit new technologies.
In the words of OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, “Skills have become the global currency of 21st Century economies. They transform lives and drive economies.”
But it’s clear that some OECD countries are not doing as well as others in  developing these vital skills. Too many people are being left behind, dimming their own economic prospects and depriving their societies of their full contribution. These issues are highlighted in the first edition of the OECD Skills Outlook, which reports on the findings of a survey of adult skills in more than 20 OECD and partner countries. More...

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International Conference “Skills Dimension of the EU’s and Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM)” 4-5 November 2013 Tbilissi

http://www.etf.europa.eu/web.nsf/Images/etf-logo.gifThe objective of the conference is to disseminate results and lessons learnt by Georgia, Moldova and Armenia in the implementation of the Mobility Partnership, with a particular focus on the link between skills development and migration. Part of the conference will be dedicated to working group discussions on the types of migrant support measures and their effect, in particular, on the preparatory actions for potential migrants, validation of skills and support to returning migrants.
The event will be a valuable opportunity to share policy approaches supporting migrants to return and validate their skills. Particular focus will be on measures implemented to improve the quality of skills support services, information, and local support programmes for job and skills’ matching process, as well to discuss policy options and perspectives for the future on skills assessment and validation for both potential and returning migrants.

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With MOOCs, the Strong Get Stronger. But Everybody Else…

http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OB-YA284_expert_A_20130628111934.jpgWhat are the opportunities–and risks–in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) business model?
ROSABETH MOSS KANTER: The MOOC opportunity is to expand access to learning broadly across the world, with great potential societal and economic benefits–e.g., larger numbers of educated people with shared knowledge, building the global community. MOOCs will also build the brands of the best educators. But that’s a risk, too. More...

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MOOCs going mainstream? This may be the year

http://dizqy8916g7hx.cloudfront.net/moneta/widgets/wp_personal_post/v1/img/logo.pngBy Dominic Basulto. Last school year, the term MOOC (massive open online course) skyrocketed into popularity as an important new experiment in higher education. This year may be the school year that the MOOC truly goes mainstream. This will mark the first year, for example, that it will be possible to receive a “super-cheap” master’s degree via MOOCs. Now that Silicon Valley companies like Google are showing signs of jumping aboard the MOOC bandwagon, it could forever change the way we think about the college experience. Instead of graduating with a degree from a traditional four-year university, you may one day graduate with a degree from the University of Google. More...

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