29 November 2017
Singapore students have shown that they can excel in the ability to solve problems in teams. In the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) test conducted in 2015, Singapore topped a global test of collaborative problem-solving skills with the highest mean score of 561 points.
Some 125,000 students across 52 economies around the world took part in the Pisa Collaborative Problem Solving test, which measures students’ ability to solve problems collaboratively, negotiate, and come to agreement.
Singapore had the highest proportion of top performers in collaborative problem-solving. They are able to carry out tasks needing high levels of collaboration, maintain an awareness of group dynamics, as well as overcome obstacles and resolve disagreements.
Mr Sng Chern Wei, the Ministry of Education’s deputy director-general of education (curriculum), said the results reaffirm schools’ efforts to create group learning experiences through initiatives like project work.