IOE Experts Present at European Congress of Psychology in Moscow
Moscow has recently welcomed a premier cohort of international experts in psychology and psychometrics representing OECD, other global organizations, national R&D hubs, etc. for the 16th European Congress of Psychology, one of the world’s most established academic venues to comprehensively tackle a diverse theoretical and applied agenda in the field. IOE scholars Tatjana Kanonire, Ekaterina Orel and Alena Kulikova took part in the Congress to contribute to the discussion of findings from the pilot stage in the large-scale international Study of Social and Emotional Skills (SSES) project that is spearheaded by OECD.
Among the key events on the forum’s program this year were the IOE-hosted symposium and panel sessions to share novel perspectives in the evaluation of how children progress in social and emotional skills at school. The debate was largely based on evidence from the early round of OECD’s flagship Study of Social and Emotional Skills (SSES) initiative that spans schooling settings across a global landscape as diverse as Russia, Canada, Italy, South Korea, etc.
SSES draws upon top-notch psychometric expertise contributed by leading R&D centers in the project participant countries. As an SSES member for Russia, IOE has been carrying out the Education for Social Progress (ESP) longitudinal study of socio-emotional faculties in children that makes part of the SSES framework.
By way of introduction, the floor was given to the Academic Supervisor of SSES, Kankaraš Miloš of OECD who presented about the latest developments in the project framework, while also providing a recap of the key findings from the pilot phase of SSES.
Javier Suarez-Alvarez, a psychometrician and analyst at OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, took up the discussion to give a glimpse of the recent trends and global best practices in the study and assessment of social and emotional skills among school students.
Next, Alena Kulikova of IOE gave a presentation to summarize outcomes from the current stage of the ESP longitudinal study of how elementary schoolers in Russia progress in their social and emotional capacities. Specifically, Alena highlighted important linkages between a student’s behavioral attributes and their attainment in socio-emotional skills. As part of the Congress, IOE expert Tatjana Kanonire presented about the relationship between motivation and subjective wellbeing, and she also moderated a panel session where experts shared their vision about the key competencies and qualifications that psychologists and psychometricians will need to possess so that they could successfully handle more complex and challenging professional agendas of the future.
Topics of psycho-social development of an individual have long been an area of comprehensive research in psychology, and their educational dimension has piqued more and more interest among academics in recent years. As part of this trend, studies that fuse educational and psychological perspectives have increasingly focused on identifying and assessing the role of various factors that are involved in the all-round personality development and wellbeing of the schooler. Drawing upon accomplished in-house experts alongside a network of world-renowned partner institutions, including CITO, ETS, etc., the IOE Center for Psychometrics and Measurements in Education is recognized as a leading hub for multifaceted expertise in educational monitoring and testing. Its portfolio comprises a vast range of R&D projects that span such assessment areas as student motivation, subjective wellbeing, social and emotional skills (perseverance to achieve goals, teamwork, etc.), etc. Among other major stands of IOE research in the field are various dimensions of how socio-economic neighborhood influences student performance and socialization, e.g., school environment, family engagement, teacher competencies, etc.