ERIC Number: EJ1116917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
PISA and High-Performing Education Systems: Explaining Singapore's Education Success
Deng, Zongyi; Gopinathan, S.
Comparative Education, v52 n4 p449-472 2016
Singapore's remarkable performance in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has placed it among the world's high-performing education systems (HPES). In the literature on HPES, its "secret formula" for education success is explained in terms of teacher quality, school leadership, system characteristics and educational reform. This article offers an alternative explanation for the education success of Singapore and, in so doing, questions the basic assertions of the HPES literature and, in particularly, the use of PISA results as the prime indicator of the educational performance of a school system. The explanation is informed by a historical perspective on the development of the Singapore education system and based upon a body of empirical findings on the nature of pedagogical practice in classrooms, both of which are vital for understanding the educational performance of Singapore's education system. The article concludes by addressing the implications of this analysis for educational policy borrowing.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Secondary School Students, International Assessment, High Achievement, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness, Instructional Leadership, Educational Indicators, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Global Approach
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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