Preface

This report, published by Pearson and written by the Economist Intelligence Unit, is part of a wide-ranging programme of quantitative and qualitative analysis, entitled The Learning Curve. It seeks to further our understanding of what leads to successful educational outcomes – both economic and social. The design and execution of the programme has benefited from the ongoing advice of some of the world’s leading educational scholars.

This report itself outlines the main findings from analysis of a large body of internationally comparable education data – The Learning Curve Data Bank.  It also draws on extensive desk research, as well as in-depth interviews conducted with 16 experts in education. The research was conducted entirely by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and the views expressed in the report do not necessarily reflect those of Pearson. The report was written by Dr Paul Kielstra, and edited by Denis McCauley of the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Sincere thanks go to the interviewees for sharing their insights on this topic. These include the following individuals:

Nahas Angula, Prime Minister of Namibia

Paul Cappon, former President of the Canadian Council on Learning

Claudia Costin, Municipal Secretary of Education, Rio de Janeiro

Chester Finn, President, Thomas Fordham Institute

Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Stanford University

Lee Sing Kong, Director, National Institute of Education Singapore

Anthony Mackay, Chair Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

Mamadou Ndoye, former Minister of Basic Education, Senegal

Vibha Parthasarati, educationalist and former Chair, National Commission for Women, India

William Ratteree, former education sector specialist, International Labour Organisation

Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education, OECD

Robert Schwartz, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Brian Stecher, Associate Director, RAND Education

James Tooley, Professor of Education Policy, Newcastle University

Ludger Woessmann, Professor of Economics, University of Munich

Yong Zhao, Associate Dean for Global Education, University of Oregon

 

The Learning Curve programme has additionally benefited from counsel provided at various stages by an Advisory Panel consisting of prominent education experts. These include:

Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor, Pearson

Paul Cappon, former President of the Canadian Council on Learning

Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Stanford University

Helen Joyce, Sao Paulo Bureau Chief and former International Education Editor, The Economist

Vibha Parthasarati, educationalist and former Chair, National Commission for Women, India

Pamela Sammons, Professor of Education, University of Oxford

Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education, OECD

November 2012

 

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