PISA for Development: raising the bell jar on access and equity

The focus on Africa around PISA for Development requires some context. First it is necessary to investigate the relationship between PISA and PISA for Development, then to look at issues of access and finally to analyse issues of equity.PISA tests a random sample of 5000 students in each country at the age of 15 in order to provide a picture of further education readiness. It is therefore a test of cumulative learning as Ward and Zoido point out in their article PISA for Development[1]. It addresses attitudes to learnin...

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Should countries in Africa use PISA for development?


The short answer is no. Last month, I participated in a conference titled "Learning from Learning Assessments: The Politics and Policies of Attaining Quality Education" which was organized by NORRAG and the Brookings Institute. At the conference I engaged the audience in a discu...

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MOOCs: From Tsunami to Ripple


In 2012, John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University, warned that technology was about to dramatically and irrevocably disrupt higher education. “There’s a tsunami coming,” he told The New Yorker. The quote was quickly picked up by pundits and futurists o...

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Human Rights and Values in Education


These days the news is full of stories of attacks on refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Hatred of ethnic, cultural and religious minorities is expressed more openly, not only by extremist groups, but also by politicians and on social media. This fuels discrimination towards a...

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