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  • OECD OFFERS A COHERENT APPROACH TO EDUCATIONMain objective is to help OECD countries to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of their educational systems This objective is achieved throughStatistics and indicators e.g., EDUCATION AT A GLANCE, TALISAssessment of education policy and of educational systems and development of policy advice and recommendations through: Policy-related thematic reviews (e.g. Tertiary Education, Vocational Education and Training and Migrant Education ), which involve country reviews and cross-country analysis Country reviews and case studies on specific issues (e.g. Teacher Evaluation in Portugal, Tertiary Education in the Czech Republic, Improving the Quality of Education in Mexico)IMHE work with Higher Education Institutions and reviews of HE and regional developmentAnalysis of learning outcomes and skills e.g. PISA, PIAAC, AHELOInnovation and forward looking e.g. CERI’s work on NEW MILLENIUM LEARNERS, INNOVATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS as well as CELE’s work on learning environments and buildings


  • 1. The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation
    Dirk Van Damme
    Head of CERI – OECD/EDU
  • 2. WhyOECD focus on education?
    Education contributes to:
    • economic and social development
    • 3. innovation and sustainablegrowth
    • 4. social mobility and mitigatinginequalities
    Main OECD goal: to help countries to improve the quality, equity, effectiveness and efficiency of their educational systems
  • 5. An integrated approach to education
    Education at a Glance
    Thematic & Country reviews
    Institutional Management in Higher Education
  • 6. Innovation and research: CERI
    Centre for Educational Research and Innovation
    Established in 1968; 40th anniversary in 2008
    Mission: forward-looking research on education at all levels (micro, meso, macro), with special focus on innovation in teaching and learning
  • 7. 5
  • 8. CERI – some basic facts
    Relies on its own ear-marked budget from members plus voluntary contributions, diverse sources
    Aims to inform long-term policy development by:
    generating forward-looking research analyses and syntheses;
    identifying and stimulating educational innovation;
    promoting international exchange of knowledge and experience
    Approx. 20 staff based in Paris
    Programme overseen by a Governing Board of all Member countries, meets bi-annually
  • 9. CERI’s 40 years
    1970s: equality in education, innovation in educational management, curriculum development, recurrent education
    1980s – 1990s: indicators, technology, youth/youth unemployment, environmental education
    1990s: futures (schooling, HE), learning, knowledge/the knowledge economy, the international dimension
    2000s: gradual shift of focus to innovation
  • 10. Examples of CERI work
    Analysis of mobility and internationalisation in higher education
    In context of debate on the GATS and trade in education services
    Leading to Guidelines, adopted by OECD and UNESCO (2005)
    Other publications and quality assurance and recognition
  • 11. Examples of CERI work
    Schooling for tomorrow
    Long-term project on future’s thinking on schooling
    Many products and outputs, such as
    Demand-sensitive schooling (2006)
    Personalising education (2006)
    Innovating to learn, learning to innovate (2008)
  • 12. Examples of CERI work
    Learning sciences and brain research
    Attempt to integrate findings from emerging brain sciences into learning sciences
    Successful publication Understanding the brain: the birth of a learning science (2007)
  • 13. Examples of CERI work
    Systemic Innovation in VET
    Based on country reports
    Introducing a new model of systemic innovation in education
    Applied to the VET sector
    Twin-project with ‘Learning for jobs’
    Other work on SI: Beyond textbooks, digital learning resources (2009)
  • 14. Examples of CERI work
    University Futures
    Futures thinking on higher education
    Development of scenario’s for the future of higher education
    3 major publications on Demography, Globalisation and Technology
  • 15. Examples of CERI work
    Knowledge management in education
    Analysis of educational R&D
    Project on evidence-based policy and practice in education
  • 16. Examples of CERI work
    Social Outcomes of Learning
    Project to analyse and measure the non-economic returns of education
    Leading to new indicator in EAG
    Links to Stiglitz Commission and work on progress of societies
    Final report 2010
  • 17. Programme of Work 2009-10
    Innovation Strategy for Education
    Teacher Education for Diversity
    Educational R&D indicators
    New Millennium Learners
    Innovative Learning Environments
    Globalisation and Linguistic Competences
    Market Mechanisms in Education
  • 18. CERI work 2009-10
    Teacher Education for Diversity
    Following OECD work on migration, analysis of PISA results for migrants
    Need to focus on teachers and diversity challenges in classrooms
    Final report 2010
  • 19. CERI work 2009-10
    New Millennium Learners
    Work on the impact of technology on learning and performance
    Analysis of PISA data in relation to technology use, leading to focus on ‘second digital divide’
    Final report on Connected Minds
  • 20. CERI work 2009-10
    Innovative Learning Environments
    Work on micro-context of innovative teaching and learning arrangements
    Synthesis of learning sciences research
    In-depth analysis in cases
  • 21. CERI work 2009-10
    Innovation Strategy – Human Capital Strand
    CERI responsible in horizontal OECD project for ‘skills for innovation’ and ‘innovation of education’
    Broader and more skills oriented approach to innovation
  • 22. CERI PWB 2011-12
    Innovation Strategy for Education and Training
    Effective TeachingStrategies
    IncludingLearning throughTechnology
    Innovative Learning Environments
    GoverningComplex Education Systems
    IncludingKnowledge Options
    Education and Social Progress
    Education at a Glance
    Dissemination and Knowledge Mobilisation
  • 23. CERI work 2009-10
  • 24. Some concluding comments
    Impact of the crisis on educational research
    Funding difficulties
    Relations to member countries
    OECD new members and EE5

  • 25. Thank you !