PISA in Focus: Do Girls and Boys Engage with Global and Intercultural Issues Differently?

PISA in Focus is a series of monthly education policy-oriented notes designed to describe a PISA topic in a concise, user-friendly way. March issues focuses on differences of girls and boys in engaging with global and intercultural issues.

This PISA in Focus issue addresses some important differences in boys’ and girls’ disposition and attitudes towards global and intercultural matters. PISA 2018 asked students of the participating countries a series of questions regarding their global and intercultural attitudes and dispositions, focusing on the four dimensions of global competence: students’ ability to examine local and global issues, their capacity to understand and appreciate the perspectives of others, their ability to engage in effective communication across cultures, and their willingness to act for collective well-being and sustainable development. The results show some important gender differences.

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