Japanese Students Second in Collaborative Problem Solving: OECD (News)


Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)—Japanese students ranked second in collaborative problem solving in a global academic achievement survey for 2015, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report released on Tuesday.

The triennial Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, covered 15-year-old students from 52 economies. Japan was top among OECD's 32 member countries.

"The results reflect years of efforts, including problem-solving education based on the school curriculum guidelines and collaborative activities," an education ministry official said.

Collaborative problem-solving literacy is defined as "the capacity of an individual to effectively engage in a process whereby two or more agents attempt to solve a problem by sharing the understanding and effort required to come to a solution and pooling their knowledge, skills, and efforts to reach that solution," the OECD report said.

The 2003 and 2012 PISA tests measured problem solving, but the latest one was the first on collaborative problem solving.

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