Education Today 2010

The OECD Perspective

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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.

"The large issues that the very conciseness of this book brings into focus might suggest that brevity is an underrated virtue in the educational literature."   -  Paul Temple, Institute of Education, University of London, reviewing in the London Review of Education

English Also available in: French

Equity and Equality of Opportunity

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Analyses of developments and policies that influence equity have been an underlying priority in much of the OECD educational work. The persistent patterns of inequality have been highlighted, with the increasing quality of international data permitting analyses relating to many pertinent groups of learners and their educational experiences. The dimensions and groups include gender, age, migrant status, special needs and social background, and cover adult formal and non-formal learning, as well as schooling, vocational education and higher education. Recent OECD analysis has also charted the nature of the “digital divide”. Findings and recommendations from a major international review of equity in education published in 2007 – No More Failures – are presented. The chapter reports promising policy directions from studies published since then, including those on immigrants’ education, cultural diversity and teacher education, and on adults in foundation programmes for numeracy and literacy.

English Also available in: French

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