Highlights from Education at a Glance 2008

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Highlights from Education at a Glance 2008 is an introduction to OECD’s collection of internationally comparable data on education and learning. It includes data on enrolment and attainment, impacts on jobs and incomes, educational spending, class size and instruction time, and performance of education systems.


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.

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How many students enrol in vocational programmes?

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

The increasing number of young people in upper secondary education means that countries have to cater to a more diverse student population at that level. In response, countries usually offer a variety of programmes, ranging from the largely academic to the largely vocational, which aim to prepare students to enter an occupation either directly or following further training (see definitions accompanying the table on the opposite page). Vocational programmes may be largely school-based or centred on apprenticeships in the workplace. This indicator shows the participation of students in vocational education and training at the upper secondary level.

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