Education Today 2010: The OECD Perspective


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ISBN: 9789264090613
Publication: 10/11/2010


Education Today 2010: The OECD Perspective

What does the OECD have to say about the state of education today? What are the main OECD messages on early childhood education, teacher policies and tertiary education? What about student performance, educational spending and equity in education? OECD work on these important education topics and others have been brought together in a single accessible source updating the first edition of Education Today which came out in March 2009.

Organised into eight chapters, this report examines early childhood education, schooling, transitions beyond initial education, higher education, adult learning, outcomes and returns, equity, and innovation. The chapters are structured around key findings and policy directions emerging from recent OECD educational analyses. Each entry highlights the main message in a concise and accessible way, with a brief explanation and reference to the original OECD source.

This report will prove to be an invaluable resource for all those interested in the broad international picture of education, as well as for those wanting to know more about OECD work in this important domain.

The Excel™ spreadsheets used to create the tables and charts in this book are available via the StatLinks printed in this book.



The OECD’s Directorate for Education helps member and non-member economies to foster human and social capital skills and leverage education and training systems to shape dynamic and sustainable futures. This means preparing learners for more rapid change than ever before. Key questions concern how skills can be matched to new needs, how to foster innovation, how to equip teachers for the 21st century, and how to reinforce the positive social impacts of education. We encourage countries to compare their performance and experience, and to learn from each other.

Table of contents

  • Foreword
  • Note on Country Coverage and Levels of Education
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Chapter 2. Schooling - Investments, Organisation and Learners
  • Chapter 3. Transitions Beyond Initial Education
  • Chapter 4. Higher Education
  • Chapter 5. Lifelong Learning and Adults
  • Chapter 6. Outcomes, Benefits and Returns
  • Chapter 7. Equity and Equality of Opportunity
  • Chapter 8. Innovation and Knowledge Management



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