Monthly Archives: November 2014

Transfer of the Dual System of Vocational Education to Developing Countries – Help or Hindrance for Development? Reflections from an Austrian Perspective

By Margarita Langthaler, Austrian Research Foundation for International Development.  Currently, there is much talk about why youth unemployment rates in Austria, as in other German speaking countries, are substantially lower than in the EU and OECD area. Generally, media and … Continue reading

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Education Diplomacy – Towards a Common Understanding

By Katharina Hone, DiploFoundation. Many of the participants in the Education Diplomacy Day in Geneva in October pointed out that they were not sure exactly what education diplomacy means. And then they proceeded to talk about their own work – which in each case … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Promoting Transfer of the Dual Model of Vocational Training in International Cooperation

By Markus Maurer, Zurich University of Teacher Education.  In today’s highly globalised world it would be surprising if governments and their experts, whether operating in economically highly or less highly developed contexts, tried to resolve the challenges of vocational education … Continue reading

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Without Theory, there are only Opinions

By Roger Dale, University of Bristol. The phrase ‘without data you’re just another person with an opinion’ which has been frequently uttered by Andreas Schleicher as a defence of the PISA surveys, is – I argue – not only indefensibly … Continue reading

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Are Brazilians Masochists? Why do they Insist on PISA?

By Claudio de Moura Castro, Positivo, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Kenneth King, NORRAG NEWS’ editor, has asked me why Brazilians insist on participating in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), despite the terrible results that come out for Brazil every … Continue reading

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The Global Influence of the OECD in International Education Policies

By Simone Bloem, Université Paris Descartes/University of Bamberg. The OECD is the co-ordinator of what some claim is currently the most important and influential international student assessment: The Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA not only includes the 34 … Continue reading

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Situating Post-2015: the Global Architecture of EFA, GCE, ESD and the World Education Forum

By Bong-gun Chung, Seoul National University. It is not certain whether those who designed the Education for All (EFA) Goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) over a decade ago intentionally – and in a close collaboration – set the … Continue reading

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