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Quality Time for Students: Learning In and Out of School
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  18 Mar 2011
Pages: 272 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264087545 , OECD Code: 982010051P1
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At a time when OECD and partner countries are trying to figure out how to reduce burgeoning debt and make the most of shrinking public budgets, spending on education is an obvious target for scrutiny. Education officials, teachers, policy makers, parents and students struggle to determine the merits of shorter or longer school days or school years, how much time should be allotted to various subjects, and the usefulness of after-school lessons and independent study. 

This report focuses on how students use learning time, both in and out of school. What are the ideal conditions to ensure that students use their learning time efficiently? What can schools do to maximise the learning that occurs during the limited amount of time students spend in class? In what kinds of lessons does learning time reap the most benefits? And how can this be determined?

The report draws on data from the 2006 cycle of the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) to describe differences across and within countries in how much time students spend studying different subjects, how much time they spend in different types of learning activities, how they allocate their learning time and how they perform academically.

Table of contents:
Reader's Guide
Chapter 1. Students' Learning Time
-OECD Programme for International Student Assessment
-How PISA measures students' learning time
-Why learning time is studied
-Aims and organisation of the report
Chapter 2. Patterns of Students' Learning Time
-Learning time in regular school lessons
-Learning time in out-of-school-time lessons
-Learning time in individual study
-Allocation of learning time and different forms of deliberate learning activities
-To what extent are students involved in out-of-school-time lessons?
-Patterns of students' absolute and relative learning time
Chapter 3. Patterns of Students' Learning Time by Population Sub-Groups
-Student background characteristics
-Characteristics of learning time
Chapter 4. Relationships between Students' Learning Time and Performance
-Learning time and performance across countries
-Learning time and performance within countries
-Learning time in regular school lessons and performance
-Learning time in out-of-school-time lessons and performance
-Learning time in individual study and performance
-Do students who study longer perform better?
-Policy implications
-Annex A1. Questionnaire indices
-Annex A2. Data tables
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