How well prepared are young adults to solve the problems that they will encounter in life beyond school, in order to fulfil their goals in work, as citizens and in further learning? For some of life’s challenges, they will need to draw on knowledge and skills learned in particular parts of the school curriculum: for example, to recognise and solve a mathematics-related problem. Other problems will be less obviously linked to school knowledge, and will often require students to deal with unfamiliar situations by thinking flexibly and pragmatically. Problem Solving for Tomorrow's World: First measures of Cross-Curricular Competencies from PISA 2003 looks at problem solving of the second, more general variety.
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