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Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011 - 0 views

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    Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011
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Evaluating and Rewarding the Quality of Teachers: International Practices - 0 views

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BBC News - Raise teacher status to improve schools, says OECD - 0 views

  • Teaching must be made more attractive for the brightest students, says a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

    Report author Andreas Schleicher says teachers need to be given "status, pay and professional autonomy".

    The international report identifies the quality of teachers as the key to raising education standards.

    The most successful systems, such as Finland and Singapore, recruit high-achieving students, says the report.

  • Mr Schleicher, the OECD's special adviser on education, argues in his report that if school systems want to be competitive they need to recruit and reward the right type of staff.

    He says that a modern economy needs teachers who are "high-level knowledge workers" - able to support the learning of children in a digital age.

  • "But people who see themselves as knowledge workers are not attracted by schools organised like an assembly line, with teachers working as interchangeable widgets in a bureaucratic command-and-control environment," says Mr Schleicher.
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  • In Finland, a high social status is attached to teaching, making it very competitive, with nine out of 10 applicants for teacher training being turned away.

    In Singapore, teachers are drawn from the top third of students and they are paid at levels competitive with other graduate careers.

    Across the OECD, teachers on average are paid less well than other graduate professions - receiving about 80% of the average for workers with degrees.

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OECD educationtoday: Chinese lessons - 0 views

  • The previous wave of reforms in Shanghai had focused on professionalising education and disseminating good practice through a system of empowered and networked schools. Those established the capacity of the education system to attracted the most talented teachers to the most challenging classrooms and the most capable school leaders to the most disadvantaged schools. The new reforms are now intended to produce innovative approaches to pedagogy and personalised learning experiences.
  • The aim is to offer a more flexible curriculum while avoiding the pitfalls that are familiar to students and teachers in the West.
  • This investment, and the ways in which students expressed themselves and discussed their ideas about their education, were very different from what I had seen and heard in Chinese schools before. What is evident now is that the Chinese system is well beyond playing catch-up with world-class standards; quite simply, China is designing its own educational future.
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Education at a Glance 2011: OECD Indicators - 1 views

  • Across OECD countries, governments are having to work with shrinking public budgets while designing policies to make education more effective and responsive to growing demand.

    The 2011 edition of Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performance. It provides a broad array of comparable indicators on education systems and represents the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally.

  • ISBN: 9789264114203 Publication: 13/9/2011


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    Education at a Glance 2011: OECD Indicators

    Across OECD countries,

  • The indicators show who participates in education, how much is spent on it, and how education systems operate. They also illustrate a wide range of educational outcomes, comparing, for example, student performance in key subjects and the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment.
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BBC News - UK pupils 'among least likely to overcome tough start' - 0 views

  • The UK performs poorly in an international league table showing how many disadvantaged pupils succeed "against the odds" at school.

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has studied how pupils from poor backgrounds can succeed academically.

  • It says that "self-confidence" is a key factor in whether such pupils succeed.

    The UK comes behind Mexico and Tunisia in the table - with the top places taken by Asian countries.

  • The study from the international economic organisation looks at whether there is an inevitable link between disadvantaged backgrounds and a cycle of poor school results and limited job prospects.
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  • Using science test results from the major international PISA study, which compares the performance of different education systems, it shows that there are wide differences in the levels of resilience.
  • Among countries, South Korea, Finland, Japan, Turkey and Canada are the most successful in terms of poorer pupils achieving high results.
  • But the UK is well below average and at the lower end of this ranking of resilience, with only 24% showing such examples of "resilience".
  • Believing that they are likely to succeed in exams is an important part of how they actually perform. The study argues that mentoring schemes can be particularly beneficial.
  • There is also a link between longer hours in class studying a subject and the improved chances of poorer pupils.

    It is also says that motivation is important - but in the form of a "personal, internal drive" rather than the promise of a reward or an incentive.

  • "All of these findings suggest that schools may have an important role to play in fostering resilience," says the report.

    "They could start by providing more opportunities for disadvantaged students to learn in class by developing activities, classroom practices and teaching methods that encourage learning and foster motivation and self-confidence among those students."

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Missing link: OECD's PISA report ignores teacher voice - 0 views

  • OECD’s influential Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which gathers information on education systems, schools, families and students through surveys of school leaders, students and parents is launched, but where – asks EI – is the voice of teachers?

    Despite the triennial report claiming ‘good educational policy is informed educational policy in which all responsible actors (policy makers, school principals, teachers, students and parents), are provided with the knowledge that they need to make good educational decisions,’ EI cannot understand why the perspective of teachers, who are the first actors to be called upon to implement education policy in schools, continues to be ignored.

    EI has long argued that a questionnaire to survey the views of teachers in those schools that are sampled for the study will generate data that can augment the views of students and parents, and provide a robust understanding of the learning context in which findings can be interpreted.

  • The continuing exclusion of teacher voice from this report is a missed opportunity and undermines PISA’s aim of offering informed policy guidance to governments, or using the results to show what countries can learn from each other to set and achieve measurable goals.”
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