PISA: Ingredients for Educational Success

Thanks to a re-blog by NotesFromNina we’ve recently come across this brilliant article by A True North that’s valuable for anyone who’s looking for a simple but comprehensive explanation of the international rankings of educational achievement that are produced every three years by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Please take a few minutes to view the two videos embedded in this piece, and also have a look at the graphs. 3D Eye has posted quite a lot in recent times about these international comparisons of educational achievement, and it’s important for all parents and teachers to have a thorough understanding of how the comparisons are compiled and what their implications are for learning and teaching.

The key message behind these graphs and tables is that education which is geared to the real needs of students enables them to apply knowledge and skills in the real world and thereby become more capable of living lives that are independent, productive and creative. This is a very far cry from the type of education that simply aims at enabling students to achieve high scores in timed tests and exams. It’s also important to recognise that student-centred education also happens to produce students whose motivation to learn makes them the most capable students when it comes to attainment in examinations.

A True North

Measuring Student Success Around the World

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Gary Foskett and Clare Blackhall are educationalists, writers and consultants. We work with schools and other organisations who share our vision of how schools, businesses, etc should work in the 21st Century. We also run courses and contribute to conferences - speaking about our three dimensional model of intelligences and how schools, colleges and universities can develop the full potential of all their staff and students. We also offer consultancy for businesses and public sector organisations to support staff training and organisational change and development. For more detailed information read our blog at https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/ or see our website at www.3diassociates.com.
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4 Responses to PISA: Ingredients for Educational Success

  1. Donna says:

    Wow, two reblogs in one week! Thank you for finding value in my post.


    • 3D Eye says:

      As we said in previous comments, Donna, this is a brilliant post. It’s very powerful to have that superb animation and that video together with those tables and graphs. We’re now looking forward to catching up with your other posts, which look equally interesting and informative. We obviously share with you an interest in Finland’s success in education, and we’ve also blogged about Finland’s system of education in several other posts. Good things are happening in education in various places all around the world, and it’s good to make contact with like-minded people to share ideas and information.


  2. Nina says:

    Yes! I think PISA, and many other longitudinal researches, are just providing quantification and some interesting data points for those things we educators already know from experience: student centered learning is the most effective educational setting and improving education doesn’t actually require gazillion dollars/euros/pounds in investments and equipment. It is encouraging to hear that many countries have already improved their learning outcomes.


    • 3D Eye says:

      Thanks, Nina – especially for drawing our attention to Donna’s excellent blog. Experienced educators do indeed know from their own practice how to meet the true developmental needs of children and young people, and it’s also very helpful to have the conclusions of our own qualitative action/research confirmed by quantitative PISA studies of pupils in many different countries.

      We’re looking forward to buying and reading your new book, and also to hearing about your experiences at the forthcoming conference, which sounds very exciting. Have a great time!


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