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Highlights from Education at a Glance 2008


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ISBN: 9789264040618
Publication: 16/02/2009
Pages: 100


Highlights from Education at a Glance 2008

Highlights from Education at a Glance 2008 is a new companion publication to the OECD’s flagship compendium of education statistics, Education at a Glance. It provides easily accessible data on key topics in education today, including:

  • Education levels and student numbers: How far have adults studied, and what access do young people have to education?
  • The economic benefits of education: How does education affect people’s job prospects and what is its impact on incomes? 
  • Paying for education: What share of public spending goes on education, and what is the role of private spending?
  • The school environment: How many hours do teachers work and how does class size vary?
  • PISA: A special section introduces findings from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which examines the abilities of 15-year-old students in 57 countries and territories.

Each indicator is presented on a two-page spread. The left-hand page explains the significance of the indicator, discusses the main findings, examines key trends and provides readers with a roadmap for finding out more in the OECD education databases and in other OECD education publications. The right-hand page contains clearly presented charts and tables, accompanied by dynamic hyperlinks (StatLinks) that direct readers to the corresponding data in Excel™ format.

Highlights from Education at a Glance 2008 is an ideal introduction to the OECD’s unrivalled collection of internationally comparable data on education and learning.

Table of contents

  • Reader's guide
  • 1. Education Levels and Student Numbers
  • 2. The Economic Benefits of Education
  • 3. Paying for Education
  • 4. The School Environment
  • Special Section: Introducing PISA

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