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Towards a sociology of measurement in education policy

Gorur, Radhika 2014, Towards a sociology of measurement in education policy, European educational research journal, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 58-72, doi: 10.2304/eerj.2014.13.1.58.

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Title Towards a sociology of measurement in education policy
Author(s) Gorur, Radhika
Journal name European educational research journal
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 58
End page 72
Total pages 15
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-02
ISSN 1474-9041
Keyword(s) education policy
data measurement
OECD
Summary The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has developed impressive machinery to produce international comparative data across more than 70 systems of education and these data have come to be used extensively in policy circles around the world. In many countries, national and international comparative data are used as the bases for significant, high-stakes policy and reform decisions. This article traces how international comparability is produced, using the example of equity measurement in OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). It focuses on the construction of the objects of comparison and traces the struggles to produce equivalence and commensurability across diverse and complex worlds. Based on conversations with a number of measurement experts who are familiar with the OECD and PISA, the article details how comparability is achieved and how it falters and fails. In performing such an analysis, this research is not concerned with ‘exposing’ the limitations of comparison or challenging their validity. Rather, based on the work of Steve Woolgar and other scholars, it attempts to mobilise a ‘sociology of measurement’ that explores the instrumentalism and performativity of the technologies of international comparisons.
Language eng
DOI 10.2304/eerj.2014.13.1.58
Field of Research 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
160506 Education Policy
160808 Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074815

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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