Critical Perspectives on PISA as a Means of Global Governance
Risks, Limitations, and Humanistic Alternatives
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This volume offers a critical examination of the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA), focusing on its origins and implementation, relationship to other international large-scale assessments, and its impacts on educational policy and reform at national and cross-national levels.
Using empirical data gathered from a research project carried out by the CeiED at Lusophone University, Lisbon, the text highlights connections between PISA and emergent issues including the international circulation of big science, expertise, and policy, and identifies its conceptual and methodological limits as a global governance project. The volume ultimately provides a novel framework for understanding how OECD priorities are manifested through a regulatory instrument based in Human and Knowledge Capital Theory, and so makes a powerful case to search for new humanistic approaches.
This text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in education policy and politics, international and comparative education, and the sociology of education more broadly. Those interested in the history of education will also benefit from this volume.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Success Story? Critical Perspectives on PISA as a Means of Global Governance
1: Ritualized Incantations, Encoded Fantasies, and Invisible Struggles: A Critical Infrastructure Studies Analysis of Pisa
2: How PISA is Present in the Scientific Production: A Bibliometric Review
Carlos Décio Cordeiro and Vítor Duarte Teodoro
3: PISA as an Epistemic Governance within the European Political Arithmetic of Inequalities: A Sociological Perspective Illustrating the French Case
4: Pisa and the Curricular Reforms in Brazil: The Influence of a Powerful Regulatory Instrument
João Luiz Horta Neto
5: Testing PISA Tests: A Study about how Secondary and College Students Answer Pisa Items in Mathematics and Science
Vítor Duarte Teodoro, Vítor Rosa, João Sampaio Maia, and Daniela Mascarenhas
6: The International Large-Scale Assessment: Issues from the Portugal Participation in TIMSS, PIRLS and ICILS
7: PISA in Portuguese Media Discourse: Prominence, Tone, Voices and Meanings
Ana Carita, Teresa Teixeira Lopo, and Vítor Duarte Teodoro
8: OECD and Education: How PISA is becoming a ‘Big Science’ Project
Vítor Rosa and Ana Lourdes Araújo
Conclusion: Limitations, Risks, and Humanistic Alternatives of an OECD Global Governance Project
António Teodoro is Professor of Sociology of Education and Comparative Education at Lusophone University, Portugal. He is also Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Education and Development (CeiED).