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>> PISA 2015 Results (Volume V): Collaborative Problem Solving

Just published! Today’s workplaces demand people who can solve problems in concert with others by combining their ideas and efforts. Are students prepared for this way of working? For the first time, the most recent of the triennial surveys of 15-year-old students known as the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment assessed students’ ability to solve problems collaboratively. Some of the main findings:

  • Across OECD countries, 8% of students are top performers in collaborative problem solving. They maintain an awareness of group dynamics and ensure that team members act in accordance with their agreed-upon roles, take initiative, and monitor progress towards a solution of the given problem.
  • Some 6% of students across OECD countries do not even attain Level 1 proficiency in collaborative problem solving. These students can only complete relatively easy tasks with limited collaboration complexity. They tend to focus on their individual role within the group, but with support from team members.
  • On average across OECD countries, 42% of top performers in science, 39% of top performers in reading, and 33% of top performers in mathematics are also top performers in collaborative problem solving. Some 52% of students who are top performers in all three core PISA subjects (all-round top performers) are also top performers in collaborative problem solving.
  • Girls significantly outperform boys in every country/economy that participated in the collaborative problem-solving assessment. On average across OECD countries, girls are 1.6 times more likely than boys to be top performers (Level 4) in collaborative problem solving, while boys are 1.6 times more likely than girls to be low achievers (Level 1 and below).

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