Friday, December 3

The surprising drop in creativity among adolescents detected by the OECD

  • Paula Adamo Idoeta
  • BBC News Brazil in Sao Paulo

Children in a school classroom

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What makes 15-year-olds feel less creative, curious, persistent, and responsible than 10-year-olds? And what could the consequences of this be for your future?

These are some of the questions addressed in a recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on socio-emotional skills that are considered crucial for the present and future development of school-age children and youth.

To measure these skills internationally for the first time, the OECD conducted a survey in ten cities: Bogotá and Manizales (Colombia), Daegu (South Korea), Helsinki (Finland), Houston (United States), Istanbul (Turkey), Moscow (Russia), Ottawa (Canada), Sintra (Portugal) and Suzhou (China).

Questionnaires were applied to 10 and 15-year-old students about their behaviors, attitudes and preferences, to assess whether they saw in themselves a set of 15 socio-emotional skills: from responsibility and curiosity to perseverance, resistance to stress, cooperation, tolerance, sociability, self-control and creativity.

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