Study on the actual status of education, training and skills in schools and workplaces in Japan —evidence from a comprehensive survey by RIETI, "Internet Survey on Intergenerational Education and Training, and Cognitive and Non-cognitive Abilities"

Author Name TSURU Kotaro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI) / KUME Koichi (Toyo University) / SANO Shinpei (Chiba University) / YASUI Kengo (Aoyama Gakuin University)
Creation Date/NO. December 2019 19-P-035
Research Project Reform of Labor Market Institutions
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In the era of 100-year lifespan, lifelong human capital investment is required. On the other hand, in Japan, there are few comprehensive pre-school period, during school years, during and post-employment surveys on learning, education and training, and skill formation and utilization. The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) conducted the “Internet Survey on Intergenerational Education and Training, and Cognitive and Non-cognitive Abilities.” This survey is unique in that it uses the cognitive ability score and multiple measures of non-cognitive ability from the OECD Education and Skills Online Assessment in addition to incorporating the individual's educational history and employment status.

In this paper, we present a summary of the survey results. Specifically, by attributes such as gender and age we categorized: 1. Experience (nursery / kindergarten experience, junior high school entrance exam, establishment form (national / private, separate / co-education, etc.), lessons, club activities, how subjects spent their free time during school, university major, study abroad, OJT, Off- JT, self-development, etc.), and 2. Skills, abilities (English proficiency, IT skills, cognitive skills, non-cognitive skills) and well-being (mental health, work engagement). We also discussed further research topics which are suggested by the findings of the survey.