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What happened to adults in learning during the pandemic? IBE has the answer.

During the coronavirus pandemic, education moved onto a virtual platform. The remote teaching of children and youth became a dominant topic in the public discourse. But what happened to the adults who were participating in various types of educational activities? The Educational Research Institute tried to find out. Więcej

High level of financial literacy among Polish youth

Polish students count and understand finances well. Of the 20 countries that participated in the additional part of the PISA 2018 survey on financial literacy, the average score of Polish 15-year-olds was one of the highest in the world. Only students from Canada, Finland and Estonia proved to be better. Więcej
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Smartphones at school - opportunity or threat?

The smartphone is used in almost all areas of daily life, except school. Although most children and youths aged 9-17 years use their smartphone every day, few are able to recall interesting lessons using new technologies. Read more
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“OECD Skills Strategy: Poland” has been released

The “OECD Skills Strategy: Poland” report was presented at a conference on December 11th in Warsaw. The conference was attended by representatives of ministries, NGOs, the education sector and institutions supporting education. Dariusz Piontkowski, Minister of National Education opened the conference, and the report’s main conclusions were presented by Ludger Schuknecht, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Więcej

Polish students among the best in the world. Results of the international PISA 2018 survey are out.

Polish students are ahead of everyone but young Estonians in mathematical literacy in the European Union. In terms of reading literacy, Polish youths occupy 4th place among EU countries, and in science literacy, they are third. Więcej
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Call for articles for a special issue of "Education"

You are cordially invited to send your texts on topics relating to the issues of scientific integrity and research ethics for consideration in an English-language issue of the "Education" [Edukacja] quarterly. The submission deadline is November 25, 2019. Więcej

A new project at IBE and a complex research challenge

"The development and dissemination of diagnostic tools for the cognitive assessment of children and youth" is a project that will be implemented over the next three years by the Educational Research Institute in cooperation with the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. As part of the project, innovative diagnostic tools will be developed to assess the cognitive development of children and youth from 3 months to 25 years of age. The developed tests and post-diagnostic materials will be sent to all psychological and pedagogical clinics in Poland.

The project will involve the development of a set of tools to perform a specialized diagnosis of the cognitive functioning children and adolescents. The research will be based on an innovative theoretical concept, using executive functions (memory, attention, thinking) in combination with the sphere of perception, language and communication. Executive functions are essential for proper mental and physical development in various spheres of life. They are important for the functioning that relates to education. The areas cited above determine, among others, school readiness, school success and in the longer term - professional success and the quality of life.

Innovative diagnostic tools

The set of diagnostic tools will include a Battery of Cognitive Tests, measuring such cognitive functions as memory, thinking, attention, and language. The study will be conducted in an attractive form for children and youth and will consist of, among others, tests performed on a computer. This will enable the full standardization of the tests and the acceleration of the diagnostic process by having the results automatically calculated and generating profiles. The Battery of Cognitive Tests will not only allow for the easy selection of tests and actual testing, but also serve as a functional diagnosis.

Tests will be standardized on a nationwide sample of children and youth from 3 months to 25 years of age, taking various forms and having different tasks depending on the subjects’ age. A total of approx. 9,000 children and youth are planned to be tested in all stages of the project.

More effective support for pupils

The developed diagnostic tools will also be used to diagnose pupils with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN), including children with visual and hearing impairments, autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, bilingual children from different cultures, immigrant children and gifted pupils. Cognitive functioning profiles will be developed for each group. This approach will provide the opportunity to include – and not exclude – pupils with special education needs and to increase the effectiveness of education and support.

The project will be directed for IBE by Prof. Grażyna Krasowicz-Kupis, Ph.D. and Dr. Katarzyna Wiejak, and for SWPS University by Prof. Grzegorz Sędek, Ph.D. and Dr. Magdalena Kaczmarek.

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