2023-2024 / PEDA4025-1

Evaluation of educational systems by international surveys


45h Th

Number of credits

 Master in education (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Christian Monseur

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims to familiarize students with international surveys on achievement in education. The ultimate objective is to convince students to contextualize the interpretation of the results in the methodological context of the surveys.

The OECD PISA 2003 Initial Report (Learning for Tomorrow's World: first results from PISA 2003. OECD, 2004) will be the basis of the course.

Before each lecture, students are invited to carefully read a chapter of the report. A particular attention will be given to the understanding of the statistical tools.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course aims at:
1.Understanding the methodology of international surveys in education and identifying the potential effect of the methodology on the surveys results;
2. Differentiating from a methodological point of view the OECD PISA surveys and the IEA surveys such as PIRLS or TIMSS and discussing the consequences of the differences on the results;
3. Understanding and describing the major statistical tools used in the OECD/PISA and IEA reports;
4. Reading and interpreting tables and figures;
5. Detecting over-interpretations;
6. Discussing potential biases that might explain some results.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Initial report of PISA 2003 and two or three papers discussed during the lecture

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Students have to demonstrate, though the written examination, their capability to interpret in a critical way results of international surveys in education .

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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