‘Becoming European’? Respatialising the European schools system through PISA for Schools

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Lewis, Steven. (2020) ‘Becoming European’? Respatialising the European schools system through PISA for Schools. International Studies in Sociology of Education. 29(1-2), pp. 85-106. https://doi.org/10.1080/09620214.2019.1624593
AuthorsLewis, Steven
Abstract

This paper examines the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) PISA for Schools, a local variant of the more-renowned ‘main PISA’ test that measures and compares individual school performance on reading, mathematics and science against international schooling systems. Here, I address the governance implications of how PISA for Schools data has been taken up by the transnational European Schools System (ESS). Drawing suggestively across new ‘relational’ thinking around data-driven modes of governance, as well as interviews with key policy actors within the ESS, I show how PISA for Schools reflects contradictory logics within the ESS, in which the inherently context-based goal of ‘becoming European’ is juxtaposed with the desire to employ decontextualised international evidence. I conclude by exploring how the perceived need for such data, associated with the global authority of the OECD, can produce a problematic focus on data-driven practices.

KeywordsPISA for Schools; European schools; OECD; data; topology; European education policy space
Year2020
JournalInternational Studies in Sociology of Education
Journal citation29 (1-2), pp. 85-106
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0962-0214
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09620214.2019.1624593
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85066832103
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range85-106
FunderAustralian Research Council
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Accepted21 May 2019
Deposited19 May 2021
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
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