Team problem solving and collaboration on projects are essential skills in today’s workplace. However, schools predominantly only test and reward on individual achievements, according to the BBC.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has carried out the world’s first global tests on collaborative problem-solving skills.
It found that in group problem solving, girls outperformed boys in in every country – and the UK had one of the largest gender gaps. In the majority of cases, High achieving students from top performing countries were likely to be better at problem solving with other people. However China was an anomaly where Chinese students, who do very well in maths and science, are only average in their collaborative skills.
It also found that the classroom environment and the tasks set can influence a student’s collaboration abilities, with those taking part in more group activities such as debates scoring better in collaboration.
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