Summary of PISA 2012 Results: Creative Problem Solving

Students’ Skills in Tackling Real-Life Problems, Volume V

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PISA 2012 Results: Creative Problem Solving summary
The PISA 2012 results reveal interesting details about how students perform in problem-solving skills.


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Today’s employees need critical-thinking skills and must be able to solve problems. A recent survey by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) found that “highly skilled adults are twice as likely to be employed and almost three times more likely to earn an above-median salary than poorly skilled adults.” To compete economically, countries need educated citizens. The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests 15-year-olds in its 34 member nations in math, reading, science and, as of 2012, also in general problem solving. Findings show that boys and girls solve problems differently. Each gender excels in different cognitive processes. Performance in math and problem solving correlates. This report features many charts and graphs that can be tedious to examine, but the results prove compelling. getAbstract recommends this dense summation of global student skills to policy makers, school principals, teachers, parents and others interested in education.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why problem-solving skills matter,
  • How students solve problems, and
  • How students in various nations and economies perform in problem solving.


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The 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test was administered via computer to some 85,000 15-year-old students in 34 OECD-member countries and economies. In the final tally, Singapore, Korea and Japan scored the highest in problem solving. Other countries...
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