Pisa International Student Assessment: A critical review

What if skills and engagement to take exams are the main reason for success or failure? Are really East Asian school-systems that similar to e.g. European that a comparison is possible in concern of reliability and validity? Why are not understanding and creativity measured, but just knowledge-chunks? Math, Science and …

Educational reforms mostly based on ideology, best guesses and hope

According to Professor Emeritus Larry Cuban at Stanford University educational reforms to a large extent is based on political hype that is characterised by unrealistic expectations. This is the conclusion of a study of 23 American educational reforms. From this perspective Professor Gunnel Colnerud at Linköping University in Sweden writes …

External Motivation Part 6: How tutors can motivate eLearners

The road to become an effective eLearner means gain the ability to use technology to her own advantage e.g. in order to able to create her own personal learning environment. Here is one of the fields where generation differences are shown as was indicated in this article-series first part. In …

Why isn’t there any R&D for better schools?

There is a lot of political discussions in most countries about education. Mostly from a determination to keep the old instrumental vision of knowledge from the Industrial Society running without that much of a competition. With this background Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the US …

External Motivation Part 5: How a tutor can motivate eLearners

The following four components show how tutors can motivate eLearners. They have been constructed after an analysis of several studies that is based on eLearners experience of online-learning. Despite significant differences in comparison with traditional education the tutor is a very important part in the learning-process according to eLearners. But …