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Update No. 7  –  April 2008


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Key stakeholders discussing teaching, learning and assessment for adults  

Adults with low skills in language, literacy and numeracy are numerous in many OECD countries. The consequences of these low foundation skills span the economic, health and social well-being of individuals, families and communities. Investment in this sector of adult education is therefore crucial.

On 13-15 February 2008, the CERI brought together policy makers, researchers and practitioners to look inside the programmes for these adult learners, with a specific focus on formative assessment. The conference was also the occasion to launch a new report, Teaching, Learning and Assessment for Adults:  Improving Foundation Skills.

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Presentations and notesfrom the conference sessions
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Recent publications

Cross-border Tertiary Education: A Way towards Capacity Development

Co-edition with the World Bank

The purpose of this book is to cast light on the opportunities and challenges presented by the growing mobility of higher education programmes and providers, especially for developing countries willing to leverage cross-border higher education as a tool for development. The book discusses the concept of capacity-building through cross-border education, emphasising the critical role of quality assurance and trade negotiations.

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Download the policy brief


Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science 

Drawing on rapidly developing work in cognitive neuroscience and brain research, this book reveals new insights into how we learn. It shows what the latest brain imaging techniques and other advances in the neuroscientific field actually reveal about how the brain develops and operates at different stages in life from birth to old age and how the brain acquires skills such as reading and counting. It also presents scientific insights into diagnosis and remediation to conditions such as dyslexia or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Download the executive summary

Download Chapter 1 "An ABC of the Brain"

Forthcoming events



OECD/CERI International Conference
"Learning in the 21st Century: Research, Innovation and Policy"

OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France


Expert meeting on Digital Learning Resources
OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France 

26-27 Third expert meeting on Vocational Education and Training
OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France

All meetings and conferences in 2008


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