What Matters Most to 5-year-olds by Ms Rowena Phair

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What Matters Most to 5-year-olds: 
A Presentation of Findings From OECD’s International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study. By Ms Rowena Phair 

This presentation will introduce and present key findings from the International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study (IELS), a collaborative effort between participating countries and the OECD Secretariat.  The aim of this large-scale survey research was to identify key factors that drive or hinder the development of early learning.  Ms Phair will share more about the context of the study’s intent, innovative features of the IELS’ methodology, and key findings about what matters most to 5-year-olds that could inform policy and practice worldwide as countries continue to refine its early education systems and monitor children’s outcomes over time.  The IELS focused on child outcomes such as emergent literacy, emergent numeracy, self-regulation, mental flexibility, working memory, empathy and trust.  


Ms Rowena Phair

Ms RowenaMs Rowena Phair is a Deputy Head of Division in the Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD. She is responsible for the International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study (IELS). She is also involved in wider analysis relating to gender, socio-economic disadvantage, and specific groups of students such as Indigenous students. Prior to joining the OECD, Rowena was the Deputy Secretary of Student Achievement in the Ministry of Education, New Zealand. Rowena has a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Auckland.

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