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Highlights from Education at a Glance 2009
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Highlights from Education at a Glance 2009 offers a reader-friendly introduction to the OECD's collection of internationally comparable data on education.

As the name suggests, it is derived from Education at a Glance 2009, the OECD's flagship compendium of education statistics. However, it differs from that publication in a number of ways, most significantly in its structure, which is made up of five sections that explore the following topics:

  • Education levels and student numbers: This section looks at education levels in the general population, how and where young people are studying and how well they make the transition into the world of work, overseas study and social barriers to education.
  • The economic benefits of education: This section looks at the extent to which education brings economic gains to individuals, in the form of higher incomes and lower unemployment rates, and at how these benefits serve as an incentive for people and societies to invest in education.
  • Paying for education: This section looks at how much countries spend on education, the role of private spending, what education money is spent on and whether countries are getting value for money.
  • The school environment: This section looks at how time teachers spend at work, and how much of that time is spent teaching, class sizes, teachers' salaries and the age and gender distribution of teachers.
  • TALIS: This section introduces the OECD's new Teaching and Learning International Survey, which provides the first internationally comparative perspective on conditions of teaching and learning.

In general, this publication uses the same terminology employed in Education at a Glance. However, in one or two places terminology has been simplified. Readers who wish to find out more should consult the Reader's Guide.

Tables and charts in this volume are all accompanied by a dynamic hyperlink, or StatLink, that will direct readers to an Internet site where the corresponding data are available in Excel™ format. In addition, reference is sometimes made in text to charts and tables that appear in Education at a Glance 2009. This material can generally be accessed via the StatLinks accompanying the tables and charts in the relevant indicator, or at www.oecd.org/edu/eag2009.

Readers wishing to find out more about the OECD's work on education should go to www.oecd.org/edu. For more on TALIS, visit www.oecd.org/edu/talis.

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