Tuesday, 2 November, 2021 - 12:30

Grounding PISA: a critique of the OECD measure of global competence.

As part of the Development Education Research Centre (DERC) seminar series, this event presents new research conducted with Israeli students and sheds light on the validity of the new Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) measure of global competence.


The 2018 round of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) PISA included a measure of global competence, which claimed to assess the extent to which students around the world are prepared to engage with global society and its challenges.

The measure is said to have been developed in response to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as a way to assess goal 4.7, which calls for global citizenship education to be made available to all students.

In this presentation, UCL Institute of Education doctoral student Heela Goren will briefly introduce the purported aims of the measure, connecting it to global citizenship and the SDGs. She will present some critiques voiced by others regarding the framework and discuss findings from focus group discussions with Israeli students, highlighting their distinct interpretations of some of the items from the measure.

She will show how these findings, combined with the broader critiques of the framework, undermine the validity of the measure.

Time after the presentations will be given over to a Q&A with participants. This event will be particularly useful for those interested in the field of global citizenship research, but also in the broader field of comparative education and global education organisations.

DERC seminar series 

The Development Education Research Centre (DERC) hosts a seminar series to examine new thinking and discussion on development education, global learning and global citizenship.


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