The PISA definition of good teaching 

In my last three posts, I took a look at the PISA data sitting behind the recent, “Ten questions…” report.

In the comments, Christian Bokhove provided a link to the working paper that the report drew upon. A number of things stood out. 

For instance, on page 74 there is a box explaining fully how “index of memorisation” was calculated. After reading the “Ten questions…” report, I was concerned about what the alternatives were to the memorisation responses and I was right to be. I think this is an extremely weak construct.

The most stunning thing that I have found, however, is PISA’s definition of good teaching:

“In its Analytical Framework (OECD, 2013), PISA defines the three dimensions of good teaching as: clear, well-structured classroom management; supportive, student-oriented classroom climate; and cognitive activation with challenging content (Klieme et al, 2009; Baumert et al, 2010; Lipowsky et al, 2009; Kunter et al 2008).” My emphasis.

It may now seem less surprising that PISA haven’t highlight the following relationship in their own data, even though they have pointed out weaker correlations in the same data set:


10 Comments on “The PISA definition of good teaching ”

  1. You report the variance 0.58. Therefore a correlation ~ -0.76?

  2. Dragon says:

    Thank you for your work, it is very usefull.
    Could you please define exactly students oriented classroom climate ? And what are the 4 questions ?
    Thank you again and I am sorry if the answers are in some previous posts

  3. […] We saw yesterday that PISA defines good teaching to have a “student-orientated classroom climate”. In 2012, PISA asked students completing its tests four questions to see how student-orientated their teaching actually was. […]

  4. hanswisbrun says:

    I don’t understand your point. All education should be ‘student-oriented’. It is indeed the student that has got to learn, not anyone else. So you even can out the word ‘good’ in the definition.

  5. […] few days ago, I noted PISA’s definition of good teaching (thanks again to @cbokhove for the link to the working paper). Here’s a […]

  6. […] have not been promoted as much as the myth about memorisation but I think a hint might be that PISA define good teaching as being […]

  7. […] is a fact about the OECD’s PISA programme: PISA define good teaching as having a student-oriented classroom climate and yet, using PISA’s own measures, a greater amount of student-orientation is associated […]

  8. […] is becoming clear that places like Singapore present a problem for the OECD. The OECD defines good teaching as having a ‘student orientation’ and yet their own evidence suggest this correlates with worse PISA performance. They are caught […]

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