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International Comparative Studies as Policy Devices

Author(s): Jani Ursin
Contributor(s): Fruzsina Szabó (Translator), Adrienn Fekete (Translator)
Subject(s): Politics, Education, Higher Education , Methodology and research technology
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: comparative education; higher education research; OECD PISA; OECD AHELO;

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to describe how large-scale international comparative studies such as PISA or AHELO are often used as political tools to develop national education policies. The article discusses the limitations and possibilities for misuse of such data in reforming national educational systems. AHELO, for example, might easily become a ‘soft law’ and begin to have an influence on national higher education policies, national higher education system organisation and, ultimately, on teaching arrangements for higher education institutions. Furthermore, these large-scale assessments often – and unintentionally – promote Anglo-Eurocentrism and the colonial nature of ideas along with conceptions of ‘good learning’.

  • Issue Year: 24/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 64-70
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Hungarian