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The ‘Beauty’ of PISA: the Politics of How PISA Scores Are Used to Represent Public Education
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8173-7474
2018 (English)In: AERA 2018 Annual Meeting, AERA , 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper concerns how expectations on public education are framed in policy discourse, and especially its pictorial representation of OECD’s PISA scores. Respectively 400 images in eight high scoring countries and eight low-performing countries are compared. Some clear differences appear. Strikingly PISA is mainly represented by statistical graphs. But we can also see that there is a tendency towards more pictures of children in PISA-successful countries. In low-performing there are instead a lot of pictures of concerned adults. One country, Sweden, that for long severed from a so-called PISA shock is then further analysed and the origin, as well as the reproduction of these images are traced. The overall purpose of the article is to contribute a new perspective on how representations of education can be gathered and analysed, by focusing on the politics of graphical representations of PISA scores. It is argued the there is an aesthetical dimension in the politics of PISA that frames our picture of education; that shows us what is important and what we should look at. There is also a political dimension in the aesthetics of PISA representations that moves our senses and emotions concerning education – i.e. how to feel about it.  

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AERA , 2018.
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71827OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71827DiVA, id: diva2:1282385
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AERA 2018 Annual Meeting, New York City, NY, USA, April 13-17, 2018
Available from: 2019-01-24 Created: 2019-01-24 Last updated: 2019-01-29Bibliographically approved

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