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The Rise of Data in Education Systems: Collection, Visualization and Use


2013 paperback 160 pages US$56.00
ISBN 978-1-873927-32-8

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The growth of education systems and the construction of the state have always been connected. The processes of governing education systems always utilized data through a range of administrative records, pupil testing, efficiency surveys and international projects. By the late twentieth century, quantitative data had gained enormous influence in education systems through the work of the OECD, the European Commission and national system agencies. The creation and flow of data has become a powerful governing tool in education. Comparison between pupils, costs, regions and states has grown ever more important.

The visualization of this data, and its range of techniques, has changed over time, especially in its movement from an expert to a public act. Data began to be explained to a widening audience to shape its behaviours and its institutions. 

The use of data in education systems and the procedures by which the data are constructed has not been a major part of the study of education, nor of the histories of education systems. This volume of contributions, drawn from different times and spaces in education, will be a useful contribution to comparative historical studies.


Martin Lawn. Introduction. The Rise of Data in Education

Martin Lawn. The Internationalisation of Education Data: exhibitions, tests, standards and associations

Marcelo Caruso. Policing Validity and Reliability: expertise, data accumulation and data parallelisation in Bavaria, 1873-1919

Noah W. Sobe. Educational Data at Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century International Expositions: ‘accomplished results’ and ‘instruments and apparatuses’

Joakim Landahl & Christian Lundahl. (Mis-)Trust in Numbers: shape shifting and directions in the modern history of data in Swedish educational reform

Ian Grosvenor & Siân Roberts. Systems and Subjects: ordering, differentiating and institutionalising the modern urban child

Inés Dussel. Counting, Describing, Interpreting: a study on early school census in Argentina, 1880-1900

Joyce Goodman. Visualising Girls’ Secondary Education in Interwar Europe: Amélie Arató’s L’Enseignement secondaire des jeunes filles en Europe

Romuald Normand. Governing Population: the emergence of a political arithmetic of inequalities in education. A Comparison Between the United Kingdom and France


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