Problem Solving for Tomorrow’s World:First Measures of Cross-Curricular Competencies from PISA 2003

Problem Solving for Tomorrow’s World
First Measures of Cross-Curricular
Competencies from PISA 2003

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Introduction
How well prepared are young adults to solve the problems that they will encounter in life beyond school,in order to fullfil their goalsin work,as citizens and in further learning?For some of life’s challenges,they will need to draw on knowledge and skills learned in particular parts of the school curriculum for example,to recognise and solve a mathematics-related problem.Other problems will be less obviously linked to school knowledge,and will often require students to deal with unfamiliar situations by thinking flexibly and creatively.This report is concerned with problem solving of the second,more general variety.The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD)Programme for International Student Assessment(PISA) conducted its second survey of student knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 2003.Learning for Tomorrow’s World –First Results from PISA 2003 (OECD, 2004a) summarises the results from the assessment of mathematics,science and reading.This report summarises results from the assessment of the problem-solving skills.This feature of PISA represents an important development in an innovative international survey seeking to probe beyond conventional assessments of student abilities centred on particular school subject areas.PISA’s assessment of problem-solving skills needs to be understood in the context of the overall features and purposes of PISA.

Problem Solving for Tomorrow’s World:First Measures of Cross-Curricular Competencies from PISA 2003

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