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ERIC Number: ED528871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Are Boys and Girls Ready for the Digital Age? PISA in Focus. No. 12
OECD Publishing (NJ1)
Information and communication technologies revolutionise not only the speed at which information can be transmitted, but also how information is conveyed and received. Technological innovations have a profound effect on the types of skills that are demanded in today's labour markets and the types of jobs that have the greatest potential for growth. Most of these jobs now require some familiarity with, if not mastery of, navigating through digital material where readers determine the structure of what they read rather than follow the preestablished order of text as presented in a book. PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) 2009 evaluated not only how proficient 15-year-olds are in gathering and processing information that they acquire when reading printed texts, but also how proficient they are in reading digital material. PISA found that some countries have been far more successful than others in helping students to equip themselves to participate fully in the digital age. This paper reports that: (1) More than 17% of students in Australia, Korea and New Zealand are top performers in digital reading, while fewer than 3% of students in Austria, Chile and Poland are; (2) On average, girls outperform boys in digital reading; however, the gender gap is narrower than it is in print-reading proficiency; and (3) Among boys and girls with similar levels of proficiency in print reading, boys tend to have stronger digital navigation skills and therefore score higher in digital reading.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment