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FWE Webinar | What is PIAAC and what can it tell us about the importance of skills?

September 21 @ 9:30 am11:00 am UTC-4

Date: September 21st, 2021

Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am EST (UTC-4)

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Topic: What is PIAAC and what can it tell us about the importance of skills?

Abstract:

During the past 60 or so years we have seen a significant growth in the number of large-scale international assessments, including the development of PIAAC or the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies by the OECD.  PIAAC represents the most recent and largest international survey of adult skills and along with other school-based studies provides a growing recognition of the importance of education and skills to social and economic development.  Over the last several decades as globalization and technology have accelerated the economic dependencies among countries, PIAAC and other surveys have contributed not only to new technologies and methodologies but also to the range of information that policy makers and other key stakeholders have about the distribution of skills and their connections to both economic and non-economic life outcomes.   This seminar will discuss what PIAAC measures in terms of the coverage of relevant constructs in both cognitive domains and in terms of background information. As a technology-based assessment, PIAAC also reflects the growing relevance and use of digital devices as they increasingly reflect the ways in which various groups of adults access, use and communicate information.  Presenters will also discuss examples of how this information is being used to further understanding and improve policies in both developed and developing economies.  Presentations will be followed by a discussion period among presenters and with those virtually attending the seminar.

 

Structure:

  • Build around PIAAC
    • What it is, what it measures
    • What results show both in terms of distributional characteristics and levels of inequality
    • To what extent do these skills relate to both economic non-economic outcomes
  • Related issues for discussion
    • As PIAAC is developed and delivered on a digital device (Tablet) are digital skills now part of the construct or do they, as some suggest, contribute to construct irrelevant variance to the measurement
    • Should we focus on training the current generation of prime working age adults and/or on those transitioning into adulthood?
    • Will foundational skills like those assessed in PIAAC remain important in the future given the advances in AI and technology?
    • What types of investments should we make to address current literacy levels in adults?  Are they different for developed and developing countries?

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Program

FORUM for WORLD EDUCATION                  September 21st, 2021                  Zoom Webinar

THEME: Meeting the Competency Needs for an Inclusive, Sustainable World

September 21st, 2021
9:30 am EST

Opening

 

 

FWE Representative Rebecca Maynard
University Trustee Chair Professor of Education and Social Policy, Emeritus
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
 

Keynote

 

Moderator Irwin Kirsch
Director of the Center for Global Assessment at Educational Testing Service
Panel Discussion Madan Padaki
Managing Trustee and a co-founder of Head Held High FoundationGuido Schwerdt
Professor of Economics, University of Konstanz
William Thorn
Senior Analyst, OECDAlexandria Valerio
Resident Representative in the Dominican Republic, Latin America and Caribbean, World Bank.

 

Speakers
Rebecca Maynard
FWE Representative: University Trustee Chair Professor of Education and Social Policy, Emeritus Graduate School of Education University of Pennsylvania
Biography
Irwin Kirsch
Director of the Center for Global Assessment at Educational Testing Service
Biography
Madan Padaki
Managing Trustee and a co-founder of Head Held High Foundation
Biography
Guido Schwerdt
Professor of Economics, University of Konstanz
Biography
William Thorn
Senior Analyst, OECD
Biography
Alexandria Valerio
Resident Representative in the Dominican Republic, Latin America and Caribbean, World Bank.
Biography