The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is pleased to announce upcoming training opportunities to help researchers use data from the OECD Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to address questions relevant to the skills and competencies of U.S. adults.
"Training Researchers to Use PIAAC to Further Multidisciplinary Research" is a hands-on, interactive training conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and supported through a grant from IES, the independent research and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. The training aims to prepare researchers to use PIAAC data and IES data tools for further, independent, policy-relevant research in fields ranging from education, gerontology, sociology, public health, economics, workforce development, criminal justice, and corrections education.
This August, ETS will be holding 3-day and 1-day PIAAC training sessions in cities throughout the U.S. These sessions will culminate with an IES/ETS sponsored conference in Washington, D.C. in December 2018, during which participants will have an opportunity to present their research.
What Does the PIAAC Include?
The PIAAC data, which in the U.S. was collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), includes information about adults' educational backgrounds, workplace experiences and skills, occupational attainment, use of information and communications technology, and cognitive skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving.
Who Should Apply for the Training?
The training is designed for researchers from universities, research firms, or other organizations (e.g., advocacy groups, local governments) who have a doctoral degree or are graduate students in a doctoral program, have experience with statistical packages (e.g. SAS, SPSS) and secondary data analysis, and have an interest in adult learning, skills, and competencies.
How Much Does it Cost?
The training itself is free for participants, and participants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents will receive assistance to cover housing and food during the training. Visit the training website for more information about possible financial assistance.
When is the Training? How Do I Apply?
The next training will take place in Chicago, August 30th to September 1st. Visit the ETS training website for more information about the program and the most up-to-date schedule. Registration is open and can be completed online. For more information about this training project, contact Meredith Larson, Program Officer, National Center for Education Research.