CERI Update
Issue 4/April 07
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CERI Update
aims to keep you informed about our activities, publications, events and analyses. In addition to the specific links in this text, you can also use our website, www.oecd.org/edu/ceri, to get more information.
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Key debates; Coming up; Published recently; Useful links

Key debates

OECD/Japan Seminar on "Futures Thinking for Education: Policy, Leadership and the Teaching Profession"
Hiroshima, Japan, 6-7 November 2006
This Seminar was organised jointly by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (MEXT), Hiroshima University, and CERI. It formed part of our work on futures thinking and the Schooling for Tomorrow project. The Seminar explored and developed the connections between futures thinking, on the one hand, and governance, policy formulation and decision-making in education, on the other – setting this in the new context of complex governance in which all OECD education systems are now operating.
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The Changing Labour Market and the Future of Higher Education
Paris, France, 12-13 February 2007

This meeting convened 30 participants from 16 countries and from diverse occupational backgrounds. The meeting aimed to identify recent trends and expected changes in OECD labour markets in the coming decades and how these changes might affect higher education in the future. One important conclusion was that framing transition problems as "over-education" was misleading, and that possible shortages, or too long transition periods from higher education to labour market, should rather be viewed as "skill mismatches".
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The New Millenium Learners: First Expert Meeting
Florence, Italy
, 5-6 March 2007
The emergence of digital native learners has major potential implications for education. Our objective is to analyse this new generation of learners, understanding their expectations and attitudes. Early in March, 28 experts from 15 different countries met at Florence in Italy to explore the concept of the New Millenium Learner (NML), to refine the methodological approach, and to look for networking opportunities. The meeting focused especially on the definition of NML, the impact of digital technologies on cognitive skills and on learning expectations, and the evolution of social values and lifestyles.
View summary report and presentations of the meeting

Coming up

CERI is about to issue a new book on learning sciences and brain research.
The report, to be published in June 2007, synthesises progress on the brain-informed approach to learning, and uses this to address key issues for the education community. Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science provides an objective assessment of the current state of the research at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and learning, and maps research and policy implications for the next decade.
This enlightening publication is essential reading for all those involved in education as parents, teachers, learners or policy makers. It may confirm and illuminate what they already know from experience, but there will be surprises too...

CERI will also publish three other reports in the coming months:
- Giving Knowledge for Free: The Emergence of Open Educational Resources
- Evidence in Education: Linking Research and Policy
- Understanding the Social Outcomes of Learning
We will give you more details on these titles in our next update. In the meantime, we invite you to visit the activity-dedicated sites: www.oecd.org/edu/oer; www.oecd.org/edu/rd/ebpr; www.oecd.org/edu/socialoutcomes

Published recently

Demand-Sensitive Schooling? Evidence and Issues
This latest volume in the "Schooling for Tomorrow" series examines and clarifies different aspects of the demand in education. And it brings forward international evidence to reveal attitudes and expectations. The evidence reviewed is from Austria, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Denmark, England, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Spain and the United States

National Review of Educational R&D: Switzerland (OECD's Examiners' Report)
Noting the hybrid cultural and linguistic character of the Swiss confederation and the complex relationships between power centres at municipal, cantonal and federal levels, the review calls for improved coordination and action to tackle problems of accountability and transparency. This review is the fifth in a series carried out by CERI since 2001.

Useful links

Interesting links for educational research.

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