Researcher Degrees of Freedom: Some Remarks on Secondary Analysis

Researcher Degrees of Freedom: Some Remarks on Secondary Analysis

Christian Bokhove In recent decades more and more educational data have become available, including those from International Largescale Assessments (ILSAs), with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) playing key roles in disseminating results from such ILSA and their international databases. This proliferation […]

Are PISA Top-Performers also Good Citizens?

Are PISA Top-Performers also Good Citizens?

The education community across the globe is anticipating the release of the latest PISA rankings. These gauge the progress being made by 15-year-olds in reading, science and mathematics across a wide selection of developed and developing countries. One of the widely-acknowledged limitations of PISA as a measure of educational quality is that it covers only a limited range of outputs from an education system. There is hence a threat that, if countries focus efforts upon maximising performance in the PISA tests, then they may divert attention away from important (yet unmeasured) contributions of education to wider society. This includes, for instance, the development of morals and civic engagement. Indeed, in this blog we provide new evidence on the discrepancy between the performance of countries in PISA and children’s knowledge of civics.

It’s not only whether children read that matters. It’s also what they read (at least according to PISA)…

It’s not only whether children read that matters. It’s also what they read (at least according to PISA)…

John Jerrim It is widely considered important that young people read regularly. A wide range of previous research has linked reading during childhood to improved language skills and higher levels of academic achievement more generally. But does it matter what they choose to read? Does flicking through a magazine or reading a daily newspaper have […]