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English pupils 11th in job skills ranking

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antimatter Tue 01-Apr-14 12:29:59

I think this is very good news.

I work in technical field in IT where detailed knowledge of technology is important, but as it happens without problem solving abilities one can't get very far.

Agggghast Tue 01-Apr-14 18:31:55

Yes it shows that teaching pupils to think rather than rote learning is valuable.

rabbitstew Tue 01-Apr-14 19:02:57

Mind you, it shows countries with a reputation for a heavy emphasis on rote learning are also at the top of the tables for problem solving.

rabbitstew Tue 01-Apr-14 19:09:55

I love the way they test practical problem solving skills involving real life situtations... via a computer screen or pen and paper test! I wonder if they'd do equally well actually going out into the real world with their map and compass?!...

antimatter Tue 01-Apr-14 19:22:48

Rabbit - I was wondering about that too.
Perhaps some of theit tests revolve around NVR principles?

rabbitstew Tue 01-Apr-14 20:39:17

Well, looking at a couple of links to other articles, the examples they gave looked suspiciously just like that... eg working out what order to sit people around a dinner table, having been given information on who won't sit next to whom and who will...

rabbitstew Tue 01-Apr-14 20:41:06

Basically, VR and NVR...

funnyossity Fri 04-Apr-14 10:45:55

We have a fairly large percentage at the bottom end.

I understand the argument about Shanghai-China being "selective" but what do the Koreans do? They have a far smaller tail of low achievement.

rabbitstew Fri 04-Apr-14 17:44:08

I heard they study every hour that they are awake, find life stressful and aren't very happy. That would probably do it. grin

funnyossity Fri 04-Apr-14 17:59:00

Ah, I thought it might have been a bit of Tae Kwon Do for focus.grin

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