CERI - Second closed expert meeting on “Improving Teaching and Learning for Adults with Basic Skill Needs through Formative Assessment” (30-31 October 2006)


A second closed expert meeting will be held at OECD Headquarters in Paris on the 30-31st of October, 2006

Aims of the Meeting:

• Review findings of country background reports, case studies, and the international literature reviews. • Discuss emerging themes and implications for policy, research and practice.
• Provide advice on the structure and presentation of the findings in the final OECD report.

Main topics for discussion:


Country experts from Australia, New Zealand and Spain – the three countries contributing background reports only – will be invited to share findings and insights from those reports, focusing on:
• Key issues and trends
• Major policy goals and emphases (e.g. social justice, job skills, research and innovation)


The Secretariat has identified three key themes shaping policy and practice across the six case studies submitted thus far.  They are: empowering learners and communities; measuring progress; and, strengthening the knowledge base. Discussants from case study countries are invited to discuss research findings in light of these themes, and to provide input on how well the the themes capture the key characteristics of formative assessment and related teaching strategies in adult language, literacy and numeracy training.


The Secretariat has invited international literature reviewers to help construct a better understanding of formative assessment for adult language, literacy and numeracy learners, including empirical studies on its impact on learning for this population.  Because the term “formative assessment” is rarely used within the international literature, we have asked reviewers to take a broad approach -- identifying literature encompassing those activities which contribute to assessment of learners’ understanding and progress, and the subsequent adaptation of teaching and learning.

International literature reviewers are invited to discuss key findings from their reviews of English, German and Spanish literature, respectively. 

This meeting is by invitation only


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