Vladimir Mau speaks at City for Education forum
On August 29, RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau spoke at the 5th International Conference “21-st century schooling: soft skills development and assessment” held as part of the City for Education forum.
The organizers of the event are the Rosobrnadzor federal education and science regulator, the Federal Institute for Educational Quality Assessment and the Moscow Department of Education and Science. The forum was attended by Russian and foreign experts.
The participants discussed the so-called soft skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication skills, teamwork and other aspects, as well as methods for development and assessment of such skills, which are among the most pressing issues on the modern educational agenda.
At the plenary session, the participants analyzed various countries approaches to assessing soft skills and exchanged experience in identifying and disseminating the best practices for the formation of such skills.
Vladimir Mau in his remarks noted that “it is important to determine exactly to what extent the school is responsible for teaching the competencies discussed at the conference. We are now trying to figure this out, including through the Federal Institute for the Development of Education, a unit of RANEPA. With education, it is important to consider three components: technology, motivation and content, where, of course, content is more important than motivation, and motivation, in turn, is more important than technology. So the discussion definitely should start from here.”
The conference was moderated by Rosobrnadzor head Sergei Kravtsov.
Other speakers included Director for Education and Skills at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Andreas Schleicher; Executive Director of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) Dirk Hastedt; Head of the Moscow Department of Education Isaak Kalina; Project Manager of OECD study of Social and Emotional Skills Milos Kankaras; as well as other Russian and foreign experts in education quality and educational policy, educational managers and specialists in educational system management, and teachers.
The Federal Institute for the Development of Education hosts four roundtables at the forum.
The Moscow Global Forum “City for Education” (August 29 – September 1) is a discussion and exhibition platform for sharing ideas on open education, networking and building effective horizontal connections.
The forum annually brings together academics and business leaders, teachers and parents, schoolchildren and students – all those who are interested in modern education, teaching practices and the latest educational technologies. This year’s forum is the third and largest in three years.