OECD Collaborative Problem Solving
2017 PISA Report | Jan 2018

"In today’s increasingly interconnected world, people are often required to collaborate in order to achieve their goals. Schools will need to become better at preparing students to live and work in a world in which most people will need to trust and collaborate with other people.

This first ever assessment of collaborative problem solving skills aims to help countries and economies see where their students stand in relation to their peers in other education systems. Students in 52 education systems completed this test in addition to the main OECD PISA 2015 Survey on science, mathematics and reading."

The 2017 release of the ISA 2015 Results (Volume V): Collaborative Problem Solving, is one of five volumes that present the results of the PISA 2015 survey. This particular volume examines students’ ability to work with two or more people to try to solve a problem. The volume provides the rationale for assessing this particular skill and describes performance within and across countries. 

Whilst some questions remain about the methodolgy, it is interesting to note that Australian schools performed strongly on this new global ranking.

An increasing emphasis on capabilities will necessarily require schools to examine their practices to ensure students continue to be equipped with indepth subject expertise, but also an ability to communicate, collaborate and think critically in and across disciplines.

Access the full 2017 report.