Pisa Under Examination

Changing Knowledge, Changing Tests, and Changing Schools

  • Editors
  • Miguel A. Pereyra
  • Hans-Georg Kotthoff
  • Robert Cowen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
    1. Miguel A. Pereyra, Hans-Georg Kotthoff, Robert Cowen
      Pages 1-14
  2. The comparative challenges of the OECD PISA programme

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Ulf P. Lundgren
      Pages 17-30
    3. Thomas S. Popkewitz
      Pages 31-46
    4. Antonio Bolívar
      Pages 61-74
  3. Pisa and School Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Donatella Palomba, Anselmo R. Paolone, Anselmo R. Paolone
      Pages 109-122
  4. The Assessment of Pisa, School Effectiveness and the Socio-Cultural Dimension

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Katharina Maag Merki
      Pages 125-141
    3. Gerry Mac Ruairc
      Pages 143-156
  5. Pisa and the Immigrant Student Question

  6. Extreme Visions of Pisa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Hannu Simola, Risto Rinne
      Pages 225-244
    3. Daniel Tröhler
      Pages 245-257
    4. Robert Cowen
      Pages 259-264
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-334

About this book


From the 23rd to 26th of November 2009 in La Palma island, in the Canaries, the Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE) organized an international symposium entitled PISA under Examination: Changing Knowledge, Changing Tests, and Changing Schools. During four days seventeen leading scholars of Europe and America presented their contributions to debate the different problematiques of the remarkable phenomenon represented by the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment or PISA. PISA is not merely an educational event. It is also a media circus which involves the public rehearsal for reasons for failure or success; and even, in some cases, public and political and academic explanations about why 'failure' was not really that, and why 'success' was not really that either. At the centre of all these indications, we find the growing influence of international agencies on education and schooling which is decisively contributing to a marketisation of the field of education, in the context of an increasingly multilevel and fragmented arena for educational governance based on the formulation, the regulation and the transnational coordination and convergence of policies, buttressed at the same time by the diffusion of persuasive discursive practice. Organized in four sections entitled The Comparative Challenges of the OCDE PISA Programme, PISA and School Knowledge, The Assessment of PISA, School Effectiveness and the Socio-cultural Dimension, PISA and the Immigrant Student Question, and Extreme Visions of PISA: Germany and Finland, the contributions of this book offers a comprehensive approach of all these challenging and significant issues written from different and distinct research and academic traditions.


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