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How similar are the PISA and TIMSS studies?

Christina Swensson.  This is the fifth in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This blog investigates the similarities between TIMSS and the Programme for International

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Posted in International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

What does the TIMSS 2015 international encyclopedia tell us about how our curriculum and assessment compare with other countries’?

Tina Isaacs and Christina Swensson. This is the fourth in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This blog focuses on what TIMSS can tell us

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Collaborative problem-solving and why it matters for learning

Rose Luckin.  The results of the 2015 PISA collaborative problem solving assessments are published in Paris this morning.[1] I was delighted to read 
In Andreas Schleicher’s editorial, his confirmation that solving problems with others (collaborative problem-solving) is a key skill

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Posted in ICT in education, International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

TIMSS 2015: do teachers and leaders in England face greater challenges than their international peers?

Toby Greany and Christina Swensson.  This is the third in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS)[1]. In this blog, we focus on how the perceptions

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Posted in International comparisons, Leadership and management, Teachers and teaching assistants

What can be done to reduce the impact of social inequality on educational attainment?

Ingrid Schoon.  The transition to adulthood is an important and often scary time in a young person’s life. Not only does it involve the assumption of new social roles and responsibilities, such as moving out of the family home, entering

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons, Social sciences and social policy