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Platforms, profits and PISA for Schools: New actors, by-passes and topological spaces in global educational governance - 29 November 2022

This event was part of the CPPR Lunchtime Seminar series.

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This presentation focuses on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) PISA for Schools assessment.

The first substantive focus is a descriptive and analytical account of changes and developments in the functioning of this assessment since its creation in 2012. These changes include an expansion of the number and diversity of participating schools and countries, the introduction of a ‘user-pays’ model, the enhanced role of edtech firms and an explicit capacity-building focus, which Dr Lewis argues helps to strengthen an instrument constituency for the broader OECD testing regime.

The second focus of the paper is the impact of PISA for Schools on changing modes of educational governance, situated against the new spatialities of globalisation, as well as emerging modes of digital education governance enabled through processes of datafication and digitalisation. Here, Dr Lewis will provide an analysis using the concept of ‘by-passes’ – elaborated as spatial, governance and systemic – to understand the new topological spatialities of globalisation and the global governance effects of these specific by-passes.

Speaker: Dr Steven Lewis

Dr. Steven Lewis is a Senior Research Fellow and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) and the Research Centre for Digital Data and Assessment in Education at Australian Catholic University.

His research investigates how education policymaking and governance, and teacher professional learning and expertise, are being reshaped by new forms of digital data, algorithms, infrastructures and platforms. His most recent monograph is PISA, Policy and the OECD: Respatialising Global Educational Governance Through PISA for Schools (Springer, 2020).


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