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Call for Papers: PIAAC 2nd International Conference 22-24 November 2015

The OECD, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministries of Education, Culture and Science, Social Affairs and Employment, and Economic Affairs, and Maastricht University, is organising the Second PIAAC International Conference in Haarlem (the Netherlands), on 22-24 November 2015

The purpose of the conference is to present work using data from PIAAC relating to issues such as: the deployment of skills in the economy, returns to education and skills or the influence of workplace training. Click here to download the conference Agenda.

The organisers are launching a call for papers to be presented in a series of workshop during the Conference. The research papers should be based on primarily PIAAC data, and have a clear focus on topical policy issues. Specific topics of interest are listed below, although papers covering other topics of relevance to economic, education and social policy will also be considered. Deadline for submission September 2015. Support for travel and accommodation costs will be available for the presenters.

Topics of interest

Improving labour market perspectives
> Fostering access to training opportunities in order to improve skills levels and employability of all groups
> Changing skills needed for the labour market, with a particular focus on those with upper or post- secondary non-tertiary studies.

Fostering equity
> Reducing the impact of socio-economic background on participation in education and training and programs designed to reach excellent education for all.
> Improving labour market outcomes for specific groups: e.g. low skilled workers, young adults, women and migrant workers.

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PIAAC Workshop week 26–30 October 2015

The workshop week is a joint workshop with instructors from DPC, Hamburg, and WZB, Berlin, and consists of two consecutive workshops on how to analyse the PIAAC data.. Additionally, the workshops will provide an overview of existing and new data analysis tools and methods. A key aspect will be multilevel analyses with PIAAC. The workshops address Master and PhD students as well as Postdocs, who are interested in working with the PIAAC data and want to expand their methodological knowledge regarding international large-scale assessments and multilevel analyses. Both workshops will be held in English.
Organisers: GESIS, DPC Hamburg and WZB Berlin.
Venue: GESIS, Cologne, Germany

Past events

Nordic PIAAC Conference 21-22 May 2015 in Copenhagen

The Conference launched the new Nordic countries research on skills in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving based on the PIAAC Data and discussed adult training and education policy implications in the Nordic countries.
Organisers: The Nordic PIAAC network in collaboration with the Danish National Centre for Social Research
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark

PIAAC Invitational Research Conference: The Importance of Skills and How to Assess Them  13–15 November, 2013

The conference provided an overview on the the first results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC).
Organiser: ETS and the OECD
Venue: Washington, D.C., United States

Webinars, speeches, articles

Literacy for life, by Andreas Schleicher - 14 Apr. 2015
What teachers know and how that compares with college graduates around the world, by Andreas Schleicher - 22 Nov. 2014
Recording of the webinar with Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2013
Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and improving well-being, says OECD, (Press release) - 8 Oct. 2013
Launch of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills, speech by Secretary-General Ángel Gurría - 8 Oct. 2013
From Japan to Italy: Tour OECD's First-Ever National Rankings Of Adult Skills, by Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2013
Elevar la calidad de la educación, by Andreas Schleicher - 10 Oct. 2013
Skill up or lose out, by Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2013


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