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ERIC Number: EJ1026499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Finland and Singapore in PISA 2009: Similarities and Differences in Achievements and School Management
Soh, Kaycheng
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v44 n3 p455-471 2014
In PISA 2009, Finland and Singapore were both ranked high among the participating nations and have caught much attention internationally. However, a secondary analysis of the means for Reading achievement show that the differences are rather small and are attributable to spurious precision. Hence, the two nations should be considered as being on par with each other in achievements and be assigned the same rank. Spurious precision as a problem of interpreting and reporting research findings has caught the attention of researchers in several other disciplines, though not in the field of education, and this needs to be rectified. In spite of the finding of no differences in PISA Reading achievement, principals in Finland and Singapore differ somewhat in school management and involvement in school matters. It is suggested that some intervening variables (e.g., teachers' quality and instruction) are needed to explain the correlation (or the lack of it) between principals' management styles and student Reading achievement. It is also suggested that school principals' management styles might have been influenced by the cultural milieus of the countries and have influenced students' social-emotional development, which is not measured by PISA.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Singapore
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Progress in International Reading Literacy Study; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A