Assessing Contexts of Learning

An International Perspective

  • Susanne Kuger
  • Eckhard Klieme
  • Nina Jude
  • David Kaplan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Susanne Kuger, Eckhard Klieme
      Pages 3-37
    3. David Kaplan, Susanne Kuger
      Pages 53-73
    4. Susanne Kuger, Nina Jude, Eckhard Klieme, David Kaplan
      Pages 75-113
  3. Student Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Rainer Watermann, Kai Maaz, Sonja Bayer, Nina Roczen
      Pages 117-145
    3. Svenja Vieluf
      Pages 147-177
    4. Yvonne Anders, Hans-Günther Roßbach, Susanne Kuger
      Pages 179-208
    5. Silke Hertel, Nina Jude
      Pages 209-225
  4. Outcomes of Education Beyond Achievement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Jonas P. Bertling, Tamara Marksteiner, Patrick C. Kyllonen
      Pages 255-281
    3. Kathleen Scalise, Maida Mustafic, Samuel Greiff
      Pages 283-299
    4. Anja Schiepe-Tiska, Nina Roczen, Katharina Müller, Manfred Prenzel, Jonathan Osborne
      Pages 301-329
    5. Frank Goldhammer, Gabriela Gniewosz, Johannes Zylka
      Pages 331-351
  5. Learning in Schools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353
    2. Gregory Elacqua
      Pages 375-394
    3. Katharina Müller, Manfred Prenzel, Tina Seidel, Anja Schiepe-Tiska, Marit Kjærnsli
      Pages 423-446
    4. Franz Klingebiel, Eckhard Klieme
      Pages 447-468
    5. Sonja Bayer, Eckhard Klieme, Nina Jude
      Pages 469-488
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 489-490

About this book


This volume brings together educational effectiveness research and international large-scale assessments, demonstrating how the two fields can be applied to inspire and improve each other, and providing readers direct links to instruments that cover a broad range of topics and have been shown to work in more than 70 countries. The book’s initial chapters introduce and summarize recent discussions and developments in the conceptualization, implementation, and evaluation of international large-scale context assessments and provide an outlook on possible future developments. Subsequently, three thematic sections – “Student Background”, “Outcomes of Education Beyond Achievement”, and “Learning in Schools” – each present a series of chapters that provide the conceptual background for a wide range of important topics in education research, policy, and practice. Each chapter defines a conceptual framework that relates recent findings in the educational effectiveness research literature to current issues in education policy and practice.

These frameworks were used to develop interesting and relevant indicators that may be used for meaningful reporting from international assessments, other cross-cultural research, or national studies. Using the example of one particular survey (the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2015)), this volume links all theoretical considerations to fully developed questionnaire material that was field trailed and evaluated in questionnaires for students and their parents as well as teachers and principals in their schools.

The primary purposes of this book are to inform readers about how education effectiveness research and international large-scale assessments are already interacting to inform research and policymaking; to identify areas where a closer collaboration of both fields or input from other areas could further improve this work; to provide sound theoretical frameworks for future work in both fields; and finally to relate these theoretical debates to currently available and evaluated material for future context assessments.


Context assessment Large-scale educational assessment International comparison in education Cross-cultural research School quality and school achievement Background questionnaires in educational effectiveness Teaching and learning in the classroom Schools as learning environments Teacher and teaching quality Student background Early learning experiences Educational evaluation and governance Education policy and education research Education monitoring System evaluation in education Educational measurement

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne Kuger
    • 1
  • Eckhard Klieme
    • 2
  • Nina Jude
    • 3
  • David Kaplan
    • 4
  1. 1.Department for Educational Quality and EvaluationGerman Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) Schloßstraße 29 60486, FrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.Department for Educational Quality and Evaluation Schloßstraße 29 60486German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)Schloßstraße 29 60486, FrankfurtGermany
  3. 3.Department for Educational Quality and EvaluationGerman Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)Schloßstraße 29 60486, FrankfurtGermany
  4. 4.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison 1025 West Johnson Street MadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45356-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45357-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-170X
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-1718
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