CERI Update
Issue 6/December 07
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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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Experts reflecting on New Millenium Learners; A Starterpack for futures thinking; Publications; Working Papers; Useful links; CERI staff

Experts reflecting on New Millenium Learners

Expert Meeting on ICT and Educational Performance
Sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MoEHRD) and the Korea Educational Research and Information Service (KERIS)
16-17 October 2007, Cheju Island, South Korea
There is overwhelming evidence regarding the spread of digital technologies in OECD countries, but little is known about the effects of a digital lifestyle, that is to say living completely surrounded by digital technologies and services, on learning. Some authors claim that they can be a powerful transformational tool in classroom teaching and learning; others sustain the view that even commercial videogames have a positive impact on cognitive development and skills. Both positions, however, have to be checked against the reality of facts, and this was precisely the starting point for this international expert meeting.
See papers and presentations

Expert Meeting on Videogames and Education
Sponsored by the Chilean Ministry of Education and Enlaces
29-31 October, 2007, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Videogames play an increasingly important role in young people’s lives and there is some evidence showing that they are becoming the preferred entertainment activity for youths in many OECD countries. What do we know about their effects? Can education systems learn something of practical value from videogame designers?
See papers and presentations

Contact person on New Millenium Learners: Francesc Pedro

A Starterpack for futures thinking

We are living in an increasingly global world. This brings many challenges and problems, but it also makes it much easier to learn from those in other countries about areas of common interest. It helps those concerned about education in different countries to understand new developments and identify good practice.
Such international sharing has developed a wealth of insights into futures thinking in education. To introduce these insights to a wider audience, CERI has produced a Starterpack. Individuals, groups and stakeholders just embarking on futures thinking in education can use it to become aware of what might be done and now to be quickly operational as they set out in this direction.

Contact person on the Starterpack: Henno Theisens


Recent titles
Cross-border Tertiary Education: A Way Towards Capacity Development
Co-edition with the World Bank, 200 pages, September 2007
The mobility of students, professors, knowledge and even values has been part of higher education for centuries, but it has recently grown at an unprecedented pace. The last two decades have seen a significant growth in the mobility of higher education programmes and providers through physical and virtual modes of delivery. This presents many new opportunities among which are increased access to higher education, strategic alliances between countries and regions, as well as the expansion of human resource and institutional capacity. Parallel to these opportunities are an equal number of challenges: a potential increase in low quality or rogue providers, a lack of recognition of foreign qualifications by domestic employers or education institutions, along with elitism and the tensions it creates.
The purpose of the book is to cast light on these opportunities and challenges, especially for developing countries willing to leverage cross-border higher education as a tool for development.
Contact person: Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin

Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science
260 pages, June 2007
This book shows what the latest brain imaging techniques and other advances in the neurosciences actually reveal about how the brain develops and operates at different stages in life from birth to old age, and how the brain is involved in acquiring skills such as reading and counting. It also presents scientific insights into what happens when the brain malfunctions in conditions such as dyslexia or Alzheimer's disease.
Contact person: Koji Miyamoto

Understanding the Social Outcomes of Learning
130 pages, June 2007
Education is vital for economic success, both at the national and the individual level. But education also has social effects. This report is a first attempt to gather and synthesise developments in measuring the social effects. It focuses on two broad areas: health, and civic and social engagement.
Contact person: Tom Schuller

Forthcoming...early in 2008
Teaching, Learning and Assessment for Adults: Improving Foundation Skills
This study looks specifically inside the programmes for adults with low skills in language, literacy and numeracy, with a focus on formative assessment – referring to the frequent assessment of learner understanding and progress to identify needs and shape teaching and learning. Drawing upon evidence gathered in country reports, exemplary case studies and international literature reviews (to be available on the Internet site), it examines the impact and implementation of different teaching, learning and assessment practices for these adult learners; the way innovative programmes address the very diverse needs and goals of this population; and the policies that support or hinder effective practice.
Contact person: Janet Looney

Higher Education 2030: Demography (Vol. 1)
Drawing on trend data and projections, this book looks at the impact of demographic changes on student enrolment, educational attainment, academic staff and policy choices. Particular attention is given to how access policies determine the demographics of tertiary education system, notably by examining access to higher education for disabled and migrant students. The report covers most OECD countries, illustrating the analysis with specific examples from France, Japan, Korea and the United States. It is the first volume in the Higher Education 2030 series, which takes a forward-looking approach to analysing the impact of various contemporary trends on tertiary education systems. Two further volumes will examine the effects of technology and globalisation, and a fourth will present scenarios for the future of higher education systems.
Contact person: Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin

Working Papers

Skilled Voices? Reflections on Political Participation and Education in Austria (EDU Working Paper No. 11)
This study, part of the OECD/CERI’s project on Measuring the Social Outcomes of Learning, investigates the relationship between educational attainment and political participation in Austria.
Download whole working paper

Education and Civic Engagement – Review of Research and a Study on Norwegian Youths (EDU Working Paper No. 12)
Also part of the OECD/CERI's project on “Measuring the Social Outcomes of Learning”, this study discusses relevant international research, with special attention to studies in the Nordic countries, and analyses survey responses by more than 11 000 Norwegian youths aged 13 to 19.
Download whole working paper

Useful links

Interesting links for educational research.

CERI staff

If you wish to know more about who is behind CERI projects, go and visit our Who's Who section on our site.

Tom Schuller, Head of CERI since 2003, will be leaving OECD early in 2008, to direct an independent inquiry into the future for lifelong learning in the UK.
Francesca Borgonovi will join CERI as from 2nd January 2008 to work as an Analyst on the project "Measuring the Social Outcomes of Learning".

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