What Can PISA 2012 Data Tell Us?

Performance and Challenges in Five Participating Southeast Asian Countries

  • Lei Mee Thien
  • Nordin Abd Razak
  • John P. Keeves
  • I Gusti Ngurah Darmawan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Azian T. S. Abdulah, Muhamad Zaini Mohd Zain, Shela G. Nair, Rusliza Abdulah, Ihsan Ismail
    Pages 1-15
  3. Lei Mee Thien, I Gusti Ngurah Darmawan
    Pages 81-105
  4. Sharifah Norul Akmar Syed Zamri
    Pages 107-121
  5. Petra Lietz, Molie Tobin, Dita Nugroho
    Pages 181-205
  6. John P. Keeves, I Gusti Ngurah Darmawan
    Pages 219-238
  7. John P. Keeves, I Gusti Ngurah Darmawan
    Pages 239-247
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 249-253

About this book


This is the first book regarding the issues of PISA that has been published with respect to the Southeast Asian region. It is hoped that the content of this book can benefit and provide greater understanding for readers of several important aspects: (a) country performance in PISA 2012 for each participating Southeast Asian country, (b) the need for international comparative studies from the perspective at all levels of the teaching and learning process, (c) equity and quality of education, (d) how PISA impacts on policy making, and (e) the initiatives and future directions, and challenges to improve PISA performance in the future cycles of the PISA Studies. The major issues raised in this book warrant investigation and reporting to all countries of the World, including not only those countries that were engaged in PISA 2012, but also to the approximately 200 countries that are currently in the United Nations Organisation.  In these regards, the readership of this book could be extended to the educators, officers from the ministries of education, researchers, policy makers, practising teachers, lecturers in universities and teacher training institutions, postgraduate students, as well as both primary and secondary school principals and teachers.


Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Southeast Asian countries mathematics literacy science literacy reading literacy problem-solving literacy quality and equity teaching and learning practices policy impact

Editors and affiliations

  • Lei Mee Thien
    • 1
  • Nordin Abd Razak
    • 2
  • John P. Keeves
    • 3
  • I Gusti Ngurah Darmawan
    • 4
  1. 1.SEAMEO RECSAMMalaysia
  2. 2.Universiti Sains MalaysiaMalaysia
  3. 3.Flinders UniversityAustralia
  4. 4.The University of AdelaideAustralia

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