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International Handbook of Comparative Large-Scale Studies in Education

Perspectives, Methods and Findings

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of topics related to International Large Scale Assessment (ILSA)

  • Includes reflections on theories and major debates about ILSAs from a neo-institutional and social network perspective

  • The first to include reviews of findings from analyses of ILSA data in a comparative perspective

Part of the book series: Springer International Handbooks of Education (SIHE)

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Table of contents (52 entries)

  1. 60-Years of ILSA: Where It Stands and How It Evolves

    • Agnes Stancel-Piątak, Trude Nilsen, Jan-Eric Gustafsson
  2. A Non-Western Perspective on ILSAs

    • Oliver Neuschmidt, Zuwaina Saleh Issa Al-Maskari, Clara Wilsher Beyer
  3. Assessing Cognitive Outcomes of Schooling

    • Frederick Koon Shing Leung, Leisi Pei
  4. Background, Aims and Theories of the Comparative Large-Scale Studies in Education

    • Trude Nilsen, Jan-Eric Gustafsson, Agnes Stancel-Piątak
  5. Comprehensive Frameworks of School Learning in ILSAs

    • Agnes Stancel-Piątak, Knut Schwippert
  6. Conceptual and Methodological Accomplishments of ILSAs, Remaining Criticism and Limitations

    • Sigrid Blömeke, Trude Nilsen, Rolf V. Olsen, Jan-Eric Gustafsson
  7. Cross-Cultural Comparability of Latent Constructs in ILSAs

    • Jia He, Janine Buchholz, Jessica Fischer
  8. Designing Measurement for All Students in ILSAs

    • David Rutkowski, Leslie Rutkowski
  9. Digital Competences: Computer and Information Literacy and Computational Thinking

    • Wolfram Schulz, Julian Fraillon, John Ainley, Daniel Duckworth
  10. Extending the ILSA Study Design to a Longitudinal Design

    • David Greger, Jana Straková, Patrícia Martinková
  11. Extending the Sample to Evaluate a National Bilingual Program

    • Francisco Javier García-Crespo, María del Carmen Tovar-Sánchez, Ruth Martín-Escanilla

About this book

This handbook is the first of its kind to provide a general and comprehensive overview of virtually every aspect of International Large Scale Assessment (ILSA). It includes historical, economic, and policy perspectives, theoretical foundations, methodology, and reviews of findings from analyses of ILSA data. After decades, during which ILSAs have generated knowledge within central areas of education research and gained increased and substantial impact on educational policy, practice and research, such a broad overview for a wide-ranging audience is much needed. With contributions from authors and editors from all continents, this handbook appeals to an international audience and keeps a neutral perspective, not favoring one ILSA over another.
The handbook is suitable to be read by politicians, researchers and stakeholders who are seeking an overview of ILSAs, their history and development, and both potential benefits and limitations with regard to policy implications. The reviews of findings from studies analyzing ILSA data will be of interest to stakeholders, teachers, researchers, and policymakers.
Considering that the reviews extend to all fields pertaining to educational research, the book will be valuable to all researchers interested in education. Students may use the book to learn about ILSAs in the context of policy, theoretical underpinnings, or research.
Moreover, the methodology section is written in a manner that is understandable and accessible for students, stakeholders, or researchers not familiar with these data. This methodology part, however, is also a valuable resource for researchers who are familiar with ILSA data, as it provides overviews of the design and sampling procedures of several ILSAs, and includes advice on methods of analysis.
Even the owners of the ILSAs may find the book valuable, as it contains overviews and insights into a number of ILSAs, provides information how the data is used by the research community, and includes recommendations for future instruments.


  • International Large Scale Assessment
  • ILSA
  • Analyses of ILSA data
  • Theories for analyzing educational systems
  • Methods of implementation of ILSA
  • Impact of ILSA on policy, research and practice
  • ILSA from a neo-institutional and social network perspective
  • Methodological accomplishments of ILSA
  • IEA
  • OECD
  • Comparative large-scale studies in education
  • Meta-perspectives on ILSA in education
  • Educational theories applied to ILSA
  • Future developments of ILSA

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Oslo, Blindern, Norway

    Trude Nilsen

  • IEA Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Agnes Stancel-Piątak

  • University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

    Jan-Eric Gustafsson

About the editors

Trude Nilsen
Jan-Eric Gustafsson

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: International Handbook of Comparative Large-Scale Studies in Education

  • Book Subtitle: Perspectives, Methods and Findings

  • Editors: Trude Nilsen, Agnes Stancel-Piątak, Jan-Eric Gustafsson

  • Series Title: Springer International Handbooks of Education

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Education, Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Series ISSN: 2197-1951

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-196X

  • Number of Pages: X, 990

  • Topics: International and Comparative Education, Education