On average across OECD countries, students’ belief that they can solve mathematics problems (mathematics self-efficacy) is associated with a difference of 49 score points in mathematics – the equivalent of one year of school.
A sense of self-efficacy is essential if students are to fulfil their potential. Yet too many students, particularly disadvantaged students, do not have confidence in their ability to tackle mathematics tasks.
Since the mid-1900s, the expansion of higher education systems has opened up opportunities for many students other than those from the elites. Higher education became the main route towards upward social mobility.
Parents’ level of education still greatly influences that of their children: individuals are 4.5 times more likely to attend higher education if one of their parents has a higher education degree than if both their parents have below upper secondary education.
The answer appears to be yes. Schooling plays a surprisingly large role in short-changing the most economically disadvantaged students of critical math skills, according to a study published today in Educational Researcher, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.
Spain is emerging from a challenging period. The good news is that the economy has returned to moderate growth and unemployment rates are falling. Yet Spain’s progress along the path to inclusive growth may well falter if steps are not taken today to boost skills outcomes.
Bringing you the highlights from the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills
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La Direction de l’éducation et des compétences de l’OCDE aide les individus et les nations à identifier et acquérir les connaissances et les compétences qui permettent l’accès à des emplois meilleurs et des vies meilleures, créent de la prospérité et favorisent l’inclusion sociale.
Every September, classrooms in the Northern hemisphere reopen to students and teachers for a new school year. What can students expect from their teachers this year? The new Teaching in Focus brief: Teaching beliefs and practice sheds light on some of the most common teaching practices and what teachers in Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) believe is the nature of teaching and learning.
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La plupart des enseignants ayant participé à l’Enquête internationale sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage (TALIS) estiment que leur rôle est d’aider les élèves à effectuer leurs propres recherches et qu’il est préférable de laisser les élèves réfléchir eux-mêmes à des solutions pour résoudre des problèmes pratiques avant de leur montrer la marche à suivre.