International Review of Education

, Volume 65, Issue 5, pp 843–846 | Cite as

International large-scale assessments in education: Insider research perspectives

Edited by Bryan Maddox. Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2019, 230 pp. ISBN 978-1-3500-2360-4 (hbk), ISBN 978-1-3500-2362-8 (e-PDF)
  • Anke GrotlüschenEmail author
Book Review

This edited volume looks at International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs) from three perspectives. The book is one of several outcomes of an international seminar series on “The Potentials, Politics and Practices of International Educational Assessments” funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).1 The authors first look inside the “machinery” of assessment; then try to expand the assessment cycle beyond the direct work from data collection to release; and finally apply a wide international perspective.

The book is organised into three parts. Part one addresses methodological and theoretical challenges. It starts with Camilla Addey’s chapter entitled “Researching inside the international testing machine: PISA,2parties, midnight emails and red shoes”. Getting backstage behind the curtains of the assessment machine, she informs readers what a delicate business it is for an independent researcher to build trust when interviewing insiders, how strongly access to o the...


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© UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and Springer Nature B.V. 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HamburgHamburgGermany

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