The latest Pisa study reveals a lack of interest in foreign cultures among German schoolchildren. According to the study, there is also a connection between school learning activities and a more positive attitude towards other cultures.
According to the latest Pisa study, German young people have little interest in learning about foreign cultures. The students’ willingness to learn about this topic is below the average of the member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the organization announced on Thursday. At the same time, young Germans considered themselves well informed when it comes to global issues such as climate change.
In the PISA 2018 survey, a separate questionnaire was used for the first time to examine the “global competence” of school students. According to the data, this revealed differences between boys and girls in the OECD countries: Boys more frequently stated that they participate in activities “in which they are expected to express and discuss their opinions”.
Teachers also more frequently asked male students to express their opinions on international issues. Girls, on the other hand, were more likely to learn how to resolve conflicts and the differences between cultures.
The PISA study also shows a connection between learning activities at school and more positive attitudes towards other cultures. Teachers therefore have an important role to play in combating prejudice. “Teacher training should take much greater account of intercultural skills,” said Kristina Reiss from the Technical University of Munich, who is in charge of the German part of the PISA study.
Students from 27 OECD countries had taken part in the Pisa test at the age of 15. Young people in 66 countries answered the additional questionnaire. In Germany alone, 3800 students took part.