NIER International Symposium on Education Reform, FY2019
International Comparison of Early Childhood Education and Care

: Insights from the OECD Starting Strong Survey 2018


In October 2019, OECD released the results of the Starting Strong Survey, the first international survey focusing on the workforce in early childhood education and care (ECEC). This survey covering 9 countries including Japan, collected data on staff’s pedagogical practices, working conditions, professional development, etc. The purpose of this symposium is to consider and discuss what can be seen from international comparison of ECEC mainly in Japan, Norway, and Korea, based on the results of this survey.

Basic information

Date: February 20th, 2020 1:00pm~5:00pm(Open: 0:30 pm)
Place: Assembly Hall, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT) of JAPAN 3F
Host: National Institute for Educational Policy Research
Audience: 400
Language:Japanese-English(Simultaneous Translation)
Admission free


Time Contents
1:00pm~1:10 Opening Remarks from the Director General, NIER
1:10pm~1:45 【Keynote speech】
Yuri Obara BELFALI (Head of Division, Early Childhood and Schools, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD)
"Worldwide Policy Trend for Early Childhood Education and Care and Perspectives from the OECD Starting Strong Survey 2018”
1:45pm~2:30 AKITA Kiyomi(Dean, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo)
"Insight of Goodness and Challenges of ECEC in Japan from the Perspectives of International Comparison"
2:30pm~2:40 (Break 10min.)
2:40pm~3:55 【Panel discussion】
Moderator: WATANABE Keiko (Director, Early Childhood Education Research Center, NIER )
"Current Challenges and Future Perspectives of ECEC Viewed from OECD Starting Strong Survey 2018 – Norway, Korea and Japan"

from Norway:Ms. Tove SLINDE (Senior Adviser, Department for Schools and Kindergartens, Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research)
from Korea:Dr. Mugyeong MOON(Director, Office of International Research, Korea Institute of Child Care and Education)
from Japan: Mr. SUGIURA Kentaro(Senior Researcher, Early Childhood Education Research Center, NIER )
3:55pm~4:05 (Break 10min.)
4:05pm~4:55 Discussion
4:55pm~5:00 Closing remarks
SATO Yasunori(Deputy Director-General, NIER)
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