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ERIC Number: EJ950517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Policy Options for Turkey: A Critique of the Interpretation and Utilization of PISA Results in Turkey
Gur, Bekir S.; Celik, Zafer; Ozoglu, Murat
Journal of Education Policy, v27 n1 p1-21 2012
In this article we provide a critique of the interpretation and utilization of Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results by the National Education Authorities in Turkey. First, we define and explain what OECD's PISA is. Second, we make an overview of the media coverage in Turkey of the PISA 2003 and 2006 results. Third, we present the way in which Turkish officials have interpreted and used PISA 2003 and 2006 results. By examining the public documents, such as official reports or news bulletins published by the Ministry, we conclude that the educational authorities had already decided to proceed with reform of the old curriculum much before the PISA 2003 results were out, and they made use of the PISA 2003 results to justify the curriculum reform. Finally, by presenting the policy recommendations of Turkey's national reports and articles as well as the international organizations, such as the World Bank and OECD for the Turkey's educational system, we question the suitability of various policy recommendations developed for Turkey based on PISA results. Based on a comparative analysis of PISA, Third International Study on Mathematics and Science (TIMSS) and national exam results, the authors conclude that the issue of providing quality education should not be reduced only to the form and quality of the curriculum. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study