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Assessing Mathematical Literacy

The PISA Experience

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  • © 2015


  • Tells the inside story of the conceptualisation of Mathematical Literacy for PISA
  • Provides insight into mathematics item development and the procedures used in the world's largest international educational survey
  • Shows how PISA and its constituent ideas and methods continue to influence teaching and learning practices, curriculum arrangements, assessment practices and educational debate around the world
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This book describes the design, development, delivery and impact of the mathematics assessment for the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). First, the origins of PISA’s concept of mathematical literacy are discussed, highlighting the underlying themes of mathematics as preparation for life after school and mathematical modelling of the real world, and clarifying PISA’s position within this part of the mathematics education territory. The PISA mathematics framework is introduced as a significant milestone in the development and dissemination of these ideas. The underlying mathematical competencies on which mathematical literacy so strongly depends are described, along with a scheme to use them in item creation and analysis. The development and implementation of the PISA survey and the consequences for the outcomes are thoroughly discussed. Different kinds of items for both paper-based and computer-based PISA surveys are exemplified by many publicly released items along with details of scoring. The novel survey of the opportunity students have had to learn the mathematics promoted through PISA is explained. The book concludes by surveying international impact. It presents viewpoints of mathematics educators on how PISA and its constituent ideas and methods have influenced teaching and learning practices, curriculum arrangements, assessment practices, and the educational debate more generally in fourteen countries.

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. The Foundations of PISA Mathematics

  2. Implementing the PISA Survey: Collaboration, Quality and Complexity

  3. PISA’s Impact Around the World: Inspiration and Adaptation

Editors and Affiliations

  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

    Kaye Stacey

  • Australian Council for Educ. Res. (ACER), Int. Surveys, Educ. Monitoring and Res., Camberwell, Australia

    Ross Turner

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Assessing Mathematical Literacy

  • Book Subtitle: The PISA Experience

  • Editors: Kaye Stacey, Ross Turner

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-10120-0Published: 13 November 2014

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-34606-9Published: 10 September 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-10121-7Published: 03 November 2014

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 321

  • Number of Illustrations: 63 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Assessment, Testing and Evaluation, Mathematics Education, Educational Policy and Politics

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