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ERIC Number: EJ1160421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1474-9041
A Game of Thrones: Organising and Legitimising Knowledge through PISA Research
Mølstad, Christina E.; Pettersson, Daniel; Forsberg, Eva
European Educational Research Journal, v16 n6 p869-884 Nov 2017
This study investigates knowledge structures and scientific communication using bibliometric methods to explore scientific knowledge production and dissemination. The aim is to develop knowledge about this growing field by investigating studies using international large-scale assessment (ILSA) data, with a specific focus on those using Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data. As international organisations use ILSA to measure, assess and compare the success of national education systems, it is important to study this specific knowledge to understand how it is organised and legitimised within research. The findings show an interchange of legitimisation, where major actors from the USA and other English-speaking and westernised countries determine the academic discourse. Important epistemic cultures for PISA research are identified: the most important of which are situated within psychology and education. These two research environments are epicentres created by patterns of the referrals to and referencing of articles framing the formulation of PISA knowledge. Finally, it is argued that this particular PISA research is self-referential and self-authorising, which raises questions about whether research accountability leads to "a game of thrones", where rivalry going on within the scientific field concerning how and on what grounds "facts" and "truths" are constructed, as a continuing process with no obvious winner.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; United Kingdom (England); Australia; Germany; Finland; China; Belgium; Italy; Canada; Netherlands
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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