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Norway trails in several key skills. Norway is behind other world countries when it comes to proficiency in skills such as reading and mathematics, an OECD report has revealed. According to ‘The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies’ (PIAAC), Japan comes first in literacy (mean average, non-adjusted), whilst Norway comes sixth. Places two to five are occupied by Finland, the Netherlands, Australia and Sweden, respectively.

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Norway trails in several key skills

Published on Wednesday, 9th October, 2013 at 10:34 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

Norway is behind other world countries when it comes to proficiency in skills such as reading and mathematics, an OECD report has revealed.

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According to ‘The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies’ (PIAAC), Japan comes first in literacy (mean average, non-adjusted), whilst Norway comes sixth.

Places two to five are occupied by Finland, the Netherlands, Australia and Sweden, respectively.

Norwegian children also read less than their counterparts in Sweden as well as countries such as Estonia and Poland.

When it comes to numeracy, Norway also comes sixth. The top five places are occupied by Japan, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden (non-adjusted mean average), respectively.

The so-termed ‘problem solving in technology-rich environments’ scale places Norway fourth (mean average, non-adjusted).  

In first to third position come Sweden, Finland, and the Netherlands, while Denmark was fifth.

The OECD’s key points regarding Norway compared to other countries are:

Adults in Norway show above-average proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments compared with adults in the other countries participating in the survey.

Compared with their peers in other countries, Norway’s young adults are below average in literacy and are average in numeracy.

The difference in numeracy scores between men and women in Norway is one of the largest in favour of men among all countries.

Foreign-language immigrants in Norway have low levels of literacy proficiency in the Norwegian language, even if their level of skills, relative to native-born, native-language, is around the international average.

Overall Norwegians perform to an above-average standard. For example 60 per cent of Norwegian adults have participated in adult education, which is more than double the figure of Italians.

It was the southern European countries including France, Spain and Italy that scored the lowest in the study.

The OECD’s survey was conducted amongst roughly 166,000 adults aged 16 to 65, in 24 countries and sub-national regions.



Published on Wednesday, 9th October, 2013 at 10:34 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: norwayeducation, norwayschools, norwayuniversities, norwaywork.





  
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