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Improving a Country’s Education

PISA 2018 Results in 10 Countries

Editors: Crato, Nuno (Ed.)

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  • Offers a concise and simple explanation of what PISA is
  • Discusses what countries can do to improve their education systems
  • Provides informed explanations of the major causes of educational improvements and declines
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This open access book compares and contrasts the results of international student assessments in ten countries. The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) released the results of its 2018 assessment in December 2019. This book reflects the debates that typically follow the release of these results and focuses on the causes of differences between countries. Such causes include continuous decline in one country, improvement combined with increasing internal inequalities in another country, or rapid improvement in spite of an outdated curriculum in yet another.
In addition, the book discusses a number of general questions: Is knowledge outdated? Are computers taking over and replacing teachers? Are schools killing creativity? Are we adequately preparing the next generation? Are schools failing to educate our kids? The book starts out with a summary of PISA’s evolution and PISA results, and an explanation of the major factors that play a role in changes in countries’ results. The next ten chapters are devoted to ten specific countries, offering a summary of data and an explanation of the major drives for changes in education results for each one. Each chapter includes a short description of the country’s educational system as well as the impact of PISA and other ILSA studies on the country’s educational policies. The chapters also include a timeline of policy measures and main hallmarks of the country’s educational evolution, discussing the impact of these measures on its PISA results. A final reference chapter explains what PISA is, what it measures and how. While highlighting the 2018 results, the book also takes into consideration previous results, as well as long-term initiatives.
This book gathers the contribution of well-known and respected experts in the field. Specialists such as Eric Hanushek, for the US, Tim Oates, for England, Montse Gomendio, for Spain, Gunda Tire, for Estonia, and all other contributors draw on their vast experience and statistical analysis expertise to draw a set of rich country lessons and recommendations that are invaluable for all of those who care about improving a country’s education system.

About the authors

Nuno Crato is a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Lisbon. He was Portuguese Minister of Education from 2011 to 2015. During his tenure, compulsory schooling was extended, dropout rates were cut in half, and Portuguese students achieved the best results ever on PISA and TIMSS.

An active researcher, science writer, and educational essayist, he has received various honours, namely from the European Mathematical Society and the European Commission. 


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Setting up the Scene: Lessons Learned from PISA 2018 Statistics and Other International Student Assessments

    Pages 1-24

    Crato, Nuno

  • Australia: PISA Australia—Excellence and Equity?

    Pages 25-47

    Thomson, Sue

  • Chile: The Challenge of Providing Relevant Information from ILSA Studies for the Improvement of Educational Quality

    Pages 49-82

    Lagos, Ema

  • England: England and PISA—The Long View

    Pages 83-99

    Oates, Tim

  • Estonia: A Positive PISA Experience

    Pages 101-120

    Tire, Gunda

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-59031-4
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-59030-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Improving a Country’s Education
Book Subtitle
PISA 2018 Results in 10 Countries
Editors
  • Nuno Crato
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-59031-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-59031-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-59030-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 263
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations, 69 illustrations in colour
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