International comparisons of educational achievements have come to play a crucial role in understanding the educational field today. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the development of international large-scale assessments. The lives and achievements of transnational educational experts who paved the way for these assessments are discussed as well as the rise of institutions specialising in the making and managing of educational statistics such as the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) supported by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Emerging transnational policy spaces and their effect on national education policy are also problematised using the concept of 'Europeanisation' as a theoretical reference.
By bringing together historical and contemporary comparisons using different methodological approaches the goal of this book is to contribute to a widened understanding of educational policy-making as an open-ended and complex process that cannot be reduced to a rational process of linear implementation, or a deduction of world models of education. Instead the result of this book shows that transnational policy flows in many directions in European education today and is being negotiated, translated, interpreted or even contested when recontextualised in different national and/or local arenas.
This book addresses crucial questions on how the landscape and its borders of educational knowledge and policy-making have changed over time and place and how the map is currently redrawn in the contemporary globalised educational context. It provides important navigational knowledge for students, teachers and researchers as well as policy-makers at different levels.
Andreas Nordin & Daniel Sundberg. Introduction. The Making and Governing of Knowledge in the Education Policy Field
INTRODUCING EXPERT KNOWLEDGE IN EDUCATIONAL POLICY MAKING
Martin Lawn. Nordic Connexions: comparative education, Zilliacus and Husen, 1930-1960
Ulf P. Lundgren. The Pedagogy of Hilda Taba and the Progressive Movement in Education
Seamus Hegarty. From Opinion to Evidence in Education: Torsten Husen's contribution
CONCEPTUALISING KNOWLEDGE IN AN EMERGENT EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL POLICY SPACE
Kirsten Sivesind. Education in the Spirit of Archimedes: pertaining to the buoyancy of PISA
Christian Lundahl. The Book of Books: encyclopaedic writing in the science of education in the 1980s
Daniel Pettersson. The Development of the IEA: the rise of large-scale testing
EUROPEANISATION AND ITS EFFECT ON NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL POLICY
Nafsika Alexiadou. Policy Learning and Europeanisation in Education: the governance of a field and the transfer of knowledge
Andreas Nordin. Europeanisation in National Educational Reforms: horizontal and vertical translations
Ninni Wahlström. The Changing Role of the State in a Denationalised Educational Policy Context
Eva Forsberg & Daniel Pettersson. European Educational Transfer and Curriculum Displacement: the Swedish case
Eva Forsberg & Henrik Roman. The Art of Borrowing in Swedish Assessment Policies: more than a matter of transnational impact