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PISA, POWER, AND POLICY

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OXFORD STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE EDUCATION

PISA, Power, and Policy: The emergence of global educational governance

Edited by HEINZ-DIETER MEYER & AARON BENAVOT

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Over the past ten years the PISA assessment has risen to strategic prominence in the international education policy discourse. Sponsored, organized and administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA seems well on its way to being institutionalized as the main engine in the global accountability regime.

The goal of this book is to problematize this development and PISA as an institution-building force in global education. It scrutinizes the role of PISA in the emerging regime of global educational governance and questions the presumption that the quality of a nation’s school system can be evaluated through a standardized assessment that is insensitive to the world’s vast cultural and institutional diversity. The book raises the question of whether PISA’s dominance in the global educational discourse runs the risk of engendering an unprecedented process of worldwide educational standardization for the sake of hitching schools more tightly to the bandwagon of economic efficiency, while sacrificing their role to prepare students for independent thinking and civic participation.

 

Contents

Heinz-Dieter Meyer & Aaron Benavot. Introduction. PISA and the Globalization of Education Governance: some puzzles and problems

Taya L. Owens. Thinking beyond League Tables: a review of key PISA research questions

THE FINLAND PARADOX
Janne Varjo, Hannu Simola & Risto Rinne. Finland’s PISA Results: an analysis of dynamics in education politics

Tiina Silander & Jouni Välijärvi. The Theory and Practice of Building Pedagogical Skill in Finnish Teacher Education

Paul Andrews. What Does PISA Performance Tell Us about Mathematics Teaching Quality? Case Studies from Finland and Flanders

PISA, INSTITUTIONS, AND THE GLOBALIZATION OF
EDUCATION GOVERNANCE
David H. Kamens. Globalization and the Emergence of an Audit Culture: PISA and the search for ‘best practices’ and magic bullets

Daniel Tröhler. The OECD and Cold War Culture: thinking historically about PISA

Marlaine Lockheed. Causes and Consequences of International Assessments in Developing Countries

Sam Sellar & Bob Lingard. PISA and the Expanding Role of the OECD in Global Educational Governance

NON-EDUCATIONAL INFLUENCES ON PISA OUTCOMES
Heinz-Dieter Meyer & Kathryn Schiller. Gauging the Role of Non-educational Effects in Large-scale Assessments: socio-economics, culture and PISA outcomes

Xin Ma, Cindy Jong & Jing Yuan. Exploring Reasons for the East Asian Success in PISA

Jaap Dronkers & Manon de Heus. Immigrant Children’s Academic Performance: the influence of origin, destination and community

Yong Zhao & Heinz-Dieter Meyer. High on PISA, Low on Entrepreneurship? What PISA Does Not Measure

Stephen P. Heyneman. The International Efficiency of American Education: the bad and the not-so-bad news

POLICY
Alexander W. Wiseman. Policy Responses to PISA in Comparative Perspective

Notes on Contributors; Index

 

Related and Recent Titles:

Globalisation and Europeanisation in Education ROGER DALE & SUSAN ROBERTSON

Education in the Broader Middle East: borrowing a baroque arsenal GARI DONN & YAHYA AL MANTHRI

Globalisation and Higher Education in the Arab Gulf StatesGARI DONN & YAHYA AL MANTHRI

Higher Education and the State: changing relationships in Europe and East AsiaROGER GOODMAN, TAKEHIKO KARIYA & JOHN TAYLOR

Comparing Standards Internationally: research and practice in mathematics and beyond BARBARA JAWORKSI & DAVID PHILLIPS

An Atlantic Crossing? The Work of the International Examination Inquiry, its Researchers, Methods and Influence MARTIN LAWN

Europeanizing Education: governing a new policy space MARTIN LAWN & SOTIRIA GREK

 

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EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL – VOLUME 11 NUMBER 2 (2012)

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EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL
Volume 11 Number 2, 2012, ISSN 1474-9041

SPECIAL ISSUE
GOVERNING KNOWLEDGE? PISA in Focus
Guest Editors: LUÍS MIGUEL CARVALHO, SOTIRIA GREK, ERIC MANGEZ & XAVIER PONS

Jenny Ozga. Introduction. AssessingPISA

Luís Miguel Carvalho. The Fabrications and Travels of a Knowledge-Policy Instrument

Eric Mangez & Mathieu Hilgers. The Field of Knowledge and the Policy Field in Education:PISA and the production of knowledge for policy

Xavier Pons. Going beyond the ‘PISA Shock’ Discourse: an analysis of the cognitive reception ofPISA in six European countries, 2001-2008

Eszter Neumann, Adél Kiss & Ildikó Fejes, with Iván Bajomi, Eszter Berényi, Zoltán A. Biró & Júlia Vida. The Hard Work of Interpretation: the national politics of PISA reception in Hungary and Romania

Sotiria Grek. What PISA Knows and Can Do: studying the role of national actors in the making of PISA

 

ARTICLES
Per-Olof Erixon, Anders Marner, Manfred Scheid, Tommy Strandberg & Hans Örtegren. School Subject Paradigms and Teaching Practice in the Screen Culture: art, music and the mother tongue (Swedish) under pressure

Ian Hardy. ‘Managing’ Managerialism: the impact of educational auditing on an academic ‘specialist’ school

Cristina Sin. Researching Research in Master’s Degrees inEurope

Anna Rytivaara. ‘We Don’t Question Whether We Can Do This’: teacher identity in two co-teachers’ narratives

 

REVIEW ESSAY
Magali Ballatore. Honouring Higher Education?

 

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A CHILD’S WORLD CONFERENCE

CALL FOR PAPER ABSTRACTS

On behalf of the conference organisers and speakers, we would like to invite you to participate in the following international conference:

          A Child’s World – Working Together for a Better Future

          27-29th June 2012

          Venue: Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

Organised and hosted by the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Aberystwyth University www.aber.ac.uk/sell

 

Key Speakers include:

Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Education & Skills, Welsh Government

Professor Jouni Välijärvi, National PISA Coordinator, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland;

Keith Towler, Children’s Commissioner for Wales;

Ann Keane, Chief Inspector Estyn

 

“A Child’s World – Working Together for a Better Future” Conference has been devised to frame new concepts in collaborative practice in childhood studies against social, legislative and organisational changes within an international strategic dimension.

In line with embedding Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC), raising standards, promoting pupil participation and developing effective leadership and management, collaborative working is a vital tool in creating effective policy and shared practice.

Focused primarily at an educational research and professional audience, the findings will be relevant across a range of disciplines, including governmental policy formulation, social care and operational delivery of public services. The wide ranging scope of the conference will be highly applicable for national, regional and local government, education professionals and of direct interest to the general public.

It is intended that a series of papers of academic quality and scholarly importance will be published, providing the opportunity to identify and share best practice amongst subject professionals.

The School of Educationand Lifelong Learning welcomes and invites submission of abstracts for presentation and dissemination at the conference on the following themes:

 

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

Embedding ESDGC in whole curriculum

Pupil Participation

Collaborative Working

 

EARLY YEARS

Transition from play-based learning

Leadership and Management

Collaborative Working

 

RAISING STANDARDS

Numeracy and Literacy

Assessment

Collaborative working

 

Abstracts should outline the issue addressed, methods and approaches, results and conclusions. The School of Education and Lifelong Learning welcomes the submission of abstracts in English or Welsh.

The form for submitting abstract proposals can be reached through the following hyperlink:                http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/sell/a-childs-world-conference/abstract-sub/

Presentations must not exceed 20 minute duration.

The initial closing date for abstract submission is Friday 25 November 2011

 

Proposals will be reviewed against the following criteria

          * Relevance to the conference aims

          * Clarity and coherence of the proposal

 

All accepted conference papers will be published in Conference Proceedings

 

REGISTRATION FEES: Further details will be available soon

 

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THE EUROPEAN CURRICULUM – A CALL FOR PAPERS

 CALL FOR PAPERS

SPECIAL ISSUE

THE EUROPEAN CURRICULUM: RESTRUCTURING AND RENEWAL

The European Educational Research Journal (www.wwwords.co.uk/EERJ) would like to produce a special issue on the processes of curriculum reform in European education systems in 2012.

 

Editors:
Professor KIRSTEN SIVESIND, University of Oslo
Professor JAN VANDEN AKKER, University of Twente and Director General, SLO (Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development)
Professor MORITZ ROSENMUND, Universities of Vienna and Zurich

The EERJ works within the idea that European education exists today within a borderless space containing significant flows of ideas, policies and academics, between countries, in networks and associations, and in projects. From the beginning, it has encouraged research across European borders and across the field of educational studies: it has published symposia and network papers in a range of fields on European education policy, market reforms, travelling policies, public education, social capital, the technology of numbers, mobility, didactics and social justice.

This Call for Papers is focused on current processes and programmes of curriculum reform as a key problematic in understanding knowledge formation and education policy steering inEurope. Indeed, the dominance of the knowledge economy paradigm as an organising policy principle for education has accentuated research attention to comparisons of performance, policy learning, and technologies of governance like the Bologna Process and OECD PISA. However, curricula and their associated pedagogic practices remain under-researched as elements in the shaping and governing of a European education policy space.

After a long dominance of national reform efforts and decentralised decision power, Europeanisation and cross-national comparisons are becoming more central in the national educational policy agenda. New qualifications frameworks acrossEuropedraw attention, not only to quality processes, but to common interests in curriculum and evaluation. From kindergarten to higher education, policymakers and practitioners discuss what knowledge is of most worth, how to think about the curriculum, and how it should be evaluated and assessed to facilitate new ways of learning. The formation of knowledge is the core of this activity, and concentrates attention on schooling and new flexible learning pedagogies.

Questions for the Call include:
– Are national education futures still produced within curriculum texts and discourses?
– Are there convergences in curriculum thinking and theory across time and space?
– Do key agencies and actors share common ideas and mores in deciding upon the ‘what, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of teaching?
– How is knowledge transferred and translated between the global and the local arena?
– Are European wide standards being created in curriculum and instruction?
– Is curriculum still a viable idea?

In a time of governing by performance and comparison, can European curriculum and knowledge formation manage its contradictions and still produce identity, meaning and culture?

Submission
The EERJ reviews submitted papers on the basis of the quality of their argument, the contemporary nature of their work, and the level of ‘speaking’ from the local to the European in which they are engaged. All the manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. All contributors should follow the journal’s guidelines provided at www.wwwords.co.uk/eerj/howtocontribute.asp There is no limit on manuscript length but they will normally be 6000-7000 words.

The deadline for submission is January 31, 2012

Please send all submissions to the journal’s Editor, Martin Lawnm.lawn@btinternet.com – ensuring your email heading/subject refers to the Call.

 

 

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Education

EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL – VOLUME 9 NUMBER 3 2010

EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL
Volume 9 Number 3  2010   ISSN 1474-9041

Just published at: http://www.wwwords.eu/eerj/content/pdfs/9/issue9_3.asp

SPECIAL ISSUE
MAPPING THE EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH SPACE: policy, governance and cultures
Guest Editors: LISBETH LUNDAHL, STEFAN HOPPMAN, MAARTEN SIMONS & MARTIN LAWN

PART 1

Pia Cort. Stating the Obvious: the European Qualifications Framework is not a neutral evidence-based policy tool

Francesca Caena & Umberto Margiotta. European Teacher Education: a fractal perspective tackling complexity

Mariana Gaio Alves, Claudia Neves & Elisabete Xavier Gomes. Lifelong Learning: conceptualizations in European educational policy documents

Nafsika Alexiadou, Danica Fink-Hafner & Bettina Lange. Education Policy Convergence through the Open Method of Co-ordination (OMC): theoretical reflections and implementation in ‘old’ and ‘new’ national contexts

Peter Jones. The Politics of the Economics of Education in the European Union

David Rutkowski & Laura C. Engel. Soft Power and Hard Measures: large-scale assessment, citizenship and the European Union

Sotiria Grek. International Organisations and the Shared Construction of Policy ‘Problems’: problematisation and change in education governance in Europe

Romuald Normand. Expertise, Networks and Indicators: the construction of the European strategy in education

Johanna Ringarp & Martin Rothland. Is the grass always greener…? The Effect of the PISA Results on Education Debates in Sweden and Germany

REVIEW ESSAY

Maroussia Raveaud. Becoming an Adult in Europe: a socially determined experience

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