The PISA Pendulum: Political Discourse and Education Reform in the Age of Global Reference Societies
16 May 2023, h. 16.30 - 18.30
Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences
Via Conservatorio 7, Milan
Speaker: Louis Volante(Brock University, UNU-MERIT / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, CSSE)
Chair: Paola Mattei (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Since the initial administration of the Program in International Student Assessment (PISA), governments have increasingly turned their attention to the policy implications stemming from this global benchmark measure. Educational jurisdictions such as Finland, South Korea, Hong Kong, Canada, and more recently Singapore, at various points in time, have been internationally lauded for their high achievement and touted as global reference societies by policymakers wishing to emulate their relative success. Yet, questions and concerns remain regarding the undo influence and policy recommendations promoted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD). This presentation explicates some of the dominant political narratives as well as sources of contestation attributed to PISA that have shaped global, transnational, and national education governance agendas. Overall, the presentation provides an overview of the key themes discussed in a forthcoming chapter published in the Mattei, Dumay, Mangez, and Behrend (Eds.) Oxford University Press Handbook on Education and Globalization.
Louis Volante (PhD) is a Professor of Education Governance and Policy Analysis at Brock University, Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, and current President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Professor Volante is a frequent invited speaker around the world and has worked as an advisor and evaluator for various International Organisations as well as regional and national governments around the world. His extensive publication record has included collaborations with over 100 academics in more than 25 countries. His scholarship is widely cited in academic and policy communities.A more expensive biography can be found at the following link: https://www.merit.unu.edu/about-us/profile/?staff_id=2305