Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

NZ Students Excelling Internationally

NZ Students Excelling Internationally


Education Minister Chris Hipkins has welcomed the results of an international study showing New Zealand students are among the best in the world at collaborative problem solving.

The 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study assessed the skills of 15 year olds in 52 countries in collaborative problem solving.

New Zealand students ranked in the top nine countries for ability in collaborative problem solving and New Zealand ranked second, just behind Singapore, as having one of the largest proportions of students who scored at the highest level of collaborative problem solving proficiency.

“New Zealand’s high ranking is testament to our forward-thinking teachers and school leaders, who deliver a future-focused curriculum, equipping their students with the skills and knowledge to be globally competitive,” Mr Hipkins says.

“Historically considered soft skills, collaborative problem solving skills are increasingly seen as essential by employers who are competing in a globally connected and technology savvy world. Increasingly, employers say they require employees to be able to collaborate not only with the person seated beside them but also with others around the world,” he says.

“One of my priorities as Education Minister is to lead an evolution of our education system to ensure our students develop these and other transferable skills and attitudes such as resilience, creativity, adaptability and interpersonal skills.”

This is the first time that an international assessment has attempted to measure students’ ability to solve problems by requiring students to develop a shared understanding of a problem and come to a solution. The research focused on competence in and attitude towards communications, managing conflict, organising teams, building consensus and managing progress.

“We will be looking closely at the findings to see how we can continue to build our performance in this area and how it might better support all students to reach their full potential, particularly the lower socio-economic groups who performed less well,” says Mr Hipkins.

Link to NZ country report on PISA:

https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/2543/pisa-2015/pisa-2015-collaborative-problem-solving


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels