Final Conference of the PISA_PT brings together 200 participants

The final conference of the project A success story? Portugal and PISA (2000-2018), funded by FCT – the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology,  organized in a hybrid format, gathered around 200 participants.

The results of the PISA_PT project were subjected to critical scrutiny by other national and foreign researchers who have addressed the issue of the regulation of educational policies through the so-called International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSA), of which PISA is the most iconic representative.

The conference was attended by the Director of CeiED and Principal Investigator (PI) of the project, António Teodoro, the co-PI Vítor Duarte Teodoro, Lusófona University, the consultants Ana Benavente, Lusófona University, and João Horta Neto, Anísio Teixeira, National Institute for Educational Studies and Research, the research team and the keynote speakers Elsa Estrela, Lusófona University and project researcher, Bertrand Daunay and Daniel Bart, Université de Lille, Gil Nata, Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação da Universidade do Porto, Luís Miguel Carvalho, Instituto de Educação da Universidade de Lisboa, Romuald Normand, Université de Strasbourg, and also João Costa, NOVA FCSH and Assistant Secretary of State and of Education (XXI and XXII Governments).

The documents presented during the Conference can be found here
The video recording of the conference, which includes the communication of the researcher Camilla Addey, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, which for technical reasons could not be shared during the event, can be seen here
The speakers and the research team then met for a convivial dinner, and on February 17 for an informal meeting to reflect on new common initiatives to be developed in the future.

New book: Critical perspectives on PISA as a means of global governance

The volume Critical perspectives on PISA as a means of global governance: Risks, limitations, and humanistic alternatives, edited by António Teodoro under the Routledge imprint, 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 the research project A success story? Portugal and the PISA (2000-2015), 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, which had the collaboration of several researchers from the PISA_PT project, ultimately provides a novel framework for understanding how OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) 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, history of education and the sociology of education more broadly. Orders can be done here.