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Обзор международных образовательных проектов в области послешкольного образования

Сабельникова Е. В., Хмелева Н. Л.
InIn this article, we propose a classification of international research educational surveys based on the criterion of the “level of education”: secondary or post-secondary. Our aim was to review large-scale international research surveys in the sphere of post-secondary education, such as Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO), Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), Skills toward Employment and Productivity (STEP).

An important component of these surveys is the assessment of competencies, i.e. the students’ ability to apply their knowledge and skills in non-standard situations, including those new to them professionally and found in everyday life, as well as the assessment of factors which contribute to the competency level. The article describes the methodology of the projects, the materials used for testing, the structure of the sample and whether a particular project has been implemented in the Russian Federation.

The outcomes of the review allowed us to conclude that for Russia, participating in large-scale international research educational surveys is a must. Among reasons for participation are the inclusion of Russian data into international databases and an opportunity for comparative studies and further analysis. These activities will help understand the strengths and weaknesses of the education system in Russia, assess its opportunities and threats, and apply the best international practices and experience in the modernization of the education sector. By learning from the outcomes of the above-mentioned surveys, Russia will be able to act more effectively in developing and using the relevant

competencies, involving people of all ages in education, popularizing lifelong learning to achieve the supply and demand equilibrium in the quality and quantity of various types of professionalized labour force.