Presentation Title: Problematizing PISA(Program for International Student Assessment): Korean and Finnish Counter stories

Section: High Aspirations III

Location: , 216

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:10pm - 2:25pm


PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) is a globally renowned test, which evaluates performances of the students from 71 countries. The detailed quantitative data of PISA demonstrates the average performance per category (mathematics, science and literacy), government expenditure and socioeconomic disparity between students. According to PISA, Korea and Finland have very similar profiles. They have about the same level of performance, and cheap but effective public education systems. Both countries come across as ideal. However, PISA results do not explain why Korean parents spend $2,600 annually for private tutoring while Finnish government struggles to persuade parents that they should take more part in education. Using the two cases of Korea and Finland, I wish to show how data from PISA can be misleading, as they only paint a part of a big picture.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Education

Presentation Topic: Education

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Choi, Eun-Ah
Major(s): International Politics and Economics
Class Year(s): 2015

Sponsor(s): Cooper, Claudia R.
Dept(s): Education Studies

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