Understanding the Social Outcomes of Learning
Education is vital for economic success, both at the national and the individual level. But education also has significant social effects. This report is OECD’s first attempt to gather and synthesise developments in measuring these social effects.
The report focuses on two broad areas: health, and civic and social engagement. In general, better educated people are healthier, and take more part in civic activities. Why should this be so? This publication draws on findings from 13 OECD countries (Austria, Flemish Belgium, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom [England and Scotland] and the United States) to provide new models and insights into these important contemporary issues.
Understanding the Social Outcomes of Learning will be of interest to researchers in a wide range of fields, in particular to the public and private officials involved in the management of education and training systems.
A companion report which provides more detailed analysis can be downloaded here free of charge.
Education affects people’s lives in ways that go far beyond what can be measured by labour market earnings and economic growth. Important as they are, these social outcomes of learning (SOL) – such as the impact of education on health – are neither currently well understood nor systematically measured. This “synthesis” report is a first pass at bringing together some promising developments in this area. (See Chapter 1 for a full explanation of the report’s sources.) It is part of a process aiming to produce policy-relevant tools and analysis on the links between learning and wellbeing.
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