CERI Update
Issue 5/July 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 analyses; Globalisation and higher education; Blogging with CERI; Useful links


Key analyses

Cognitive neuroscience and brain research can inform educational policy and practice
CERI has just published new insights into how we learn. The book Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science 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.
Read the complete executive summary
Visit the Brain and Learning website to learn more and tune into a podcast about the publication

Education has also significant social effects
Education is vital for economic success, both at the national and the individual level. But education also has social effects. Tom Schuller, Head of CERI, is interviewed for the release of Understanding the Social Outcomes of Learning, a first attempt to gather and synthesise developments in measuring the social effects. The report focuses on two broad areas: health, and civic and social engagement.
Download the full executive summary
Listen to the author's interview

Open Educational Resources bring new opportunities and challenges for higher education
More and more institutions and individuals are sharing their digital learning resources over the Internet, openly and for free, as Open Educational Resources. Building on its previous work on e-learning, CERI has observed this rapidly changing phenomenon. In its recent book Giving Knowledge for Free: The Emergence of Open Educational Resources, it asks why this is happening, who is involved and what the most important implications of this development are.
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complete volume

Educational policy decisions should be made based on the best evidence possible
The information readily available for educational policy making is often unsuitable. Either because the rigorous research required for policy needs has not been conducted, or because the research that is available is contradictory and does not suggest a single course of action. CERI has therefore decided to bring together international experts on the matter to look at the issues facing educational policy makers, researchers, and stakeholders in using evidence to best effect. The results of their reflexions are released in the new book, Evidence in Education: Linking Research and Policy.
Read the complete
executive summary



Globalisation and higher education

Within the framework of the CERI's project on University Futures, Dr. Simon Marginson (University of Melbourne) and Dr. Marijk van der Wende (University of Twente) have explored the issues of globalisation and higher education for national policy and for individual institutions in a new Working Paper. Part I of this paper provides an overview of globalisation and higher education and the global responses of national systems and individual institutions of higher education. Part II focuses on certain areas of policy with a strong multilateral dimension: Europeanisation, institutional rankings and typologies and cross-border mobility.

To those interested by the subject, we notify the forthcoming international conference organised by the OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE): Globally Competitive, Locally Engaged - Higher Education and Regions
International Conference 19-21 September 2007, Valencia, Spain

This conference will look at ways in how higher education institutions can best contribute to region building in the knowledge-based economy.
The conference is organised by IMHE in cooperation with the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Directorate, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, Valencia Regional Government, Universitat Politécnica de Valencia and Fundacíon CYD.


Blogging with CERI

CERI has opened a free space for CERI bloggers to post informal journals of their thoughts, comments, and philosophies.
Two blogs are live now!
Tom and CERI blog
The New Millenium Learners Blog
We invite you to have your say in these blogs. The aim is to reach out to more people who can share their views on educational issues.


Useful links

Interesting links for educational research.


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