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Education at a Glance 2009

OECD Indicators

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The 2009 edition of Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performance. It provides a rich, comparable and up-to-date array of indicators on the performance of education systems and represents the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally.

The indicators look at who participates in education, what is spent on it and how education systems operate and at the results achieved. The latter includes indicators on a wide range of outcomes, from comparisons of students’ performance in key subject areas to the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment. New material in this edition includes first results from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) on teacher practices as well as teacher appraisal and feedback; an analysis of the social benefits of education; information on long-term unemployment and involuntary part-time work among young adults; a review of trends in attainment; data on the incentives to invest in education which show the benefits of education in dollar amount across OECD countries; and a picture of excellence in education for 15-year-olds, based on findings from the PISA study.

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What are the top performers' attitudes and motivations for science in PISA 2006?

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Students’ attitudes and motivations tend to be closely associated with their performance, as shown in previous analysis by the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Fostering interest and motivation in science, as well as preparing and informing students about science-related careers, are thus important policy goals related to conveying scientific knowledge and competencies to students, engaging them in science-related issues and fostering their career aspirations in science. This indicator shows how top performers in science tend to be dedicated and engaged learners who aspire to a career in science and feel well informed about potential career opportunities in science. At the same time, in a number of countries there are significant proportions of top performers who show comparatively low levels of interest in science.

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