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The ‘Beauty’ of PISA – the Politics of How PISA Scores Are Used to Represent Public Education: In session What does it mean? The role of assessment and data in public opinion
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8173-7474
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I offer a new perspective on the intended and unintended effects of international large-scale assessments like PISA, and investigate the image of PISA as an aesthetic artefact. Using Jacques Rancière’s diptych The Aesthetics of Politics and The Politics of Aesthetics, I analyse more than 4,000 digital images retrieved from systematic Google searches in 12 different countries. The results show clear differences between low- and high-performing countries concerning the images selected to present PISA results. There is clearly a ‘pictorial discourse’ that works in tandem with the dominant educational policies. I argue that this kind of ‘aesthetic governing’ involves the possibility of touching people in other, and maybe even more profound ways, compared to rational arguments.

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2018.
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-62691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-62691DiVA, id: diva2:1158283
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American Educational Research Association (AERA 2018): The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education, New York City, NY, USA, April 13-17, 2018
Available from: 2017-11-19 Created: 2017-11-19 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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