Global evidence in local debates: the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in Swiss direct-democratic debates on school policy

Schlaufer, Caroline (2015). Global evidence in local debates: the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in Swiss direct-democratic debates on school policy. Policy and politics, 44(4), pp. 547-561. Policy Press 10.1332/030557315X14464923526339

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This article analyses the use of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other evidence in educational policy discourse in the context of direct-democratic votes in Switzerland. The results of a quantitative content analysis show that PISA is used by all actors to support a wide range of policy measures and ideological positions. Other evidence, however, is only used to support single specific policy positions. These findings demonstrate the ubiquity of PISA. The article discusses these results in view of the question of whether the incorporation of evidence into policy debates contributes to informed discourse.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Schlaufer, Caroline

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

0305-5736

Publisher:

Policy Press

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Caroline Lea Schlaufer

Date Deposited:

24 Nov 2015 09:19

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2016 01:58

Publisher DOI:

10.1332/030557315X14464923526339

Uncontrolled Keywords:

PISA; direct democracy; evidence use; policy debates

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/72899

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