Initial Announcement and Call for Papers

Content Areas

Contribution Formats and Requirements

Peer review process: Criteria and deadlines

Language

Conference Organisers

Conference Venue

PISA
  IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science Education

IPN – Leibniz Institute for
Science Education
at the University of Kiel

 

OECD

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Contact:

IPN – Leibniz Institute for
Science Education
at the University of Kiel

Olshausenstrasse 62
D-24098 Kiel
Germany

E-Mail: info@pisaresconf09.org
Conf. website: www.pisaresconf09.org
IPN website: www.ipn.uni-kiel.de

 

PISA Research Conference,

14-16 September 2009, Kiel, Germany

 

Initial Announcement and Call for Papers

This three-day conference will offer a special opportunity to present and discuss in-depth analyses of data from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment PISA in an international context. It aims to bring together researchers and other stakeholders in PISA and addresses researchers of different academic disciplines from participating countries.

A particular focus of the conference will be on issues concerning the quality and improvement of the PISA study, and an important outcome will be to identify issues that may feed into an agenda for future research and development activities for PISA. The conference will convene internationally leading experts from various relevant areas that work with PISA data, inform participants about state-of-the-art research on PISA and offer an opportunity and forum for discussion and exchange about future research and the development of PISA on a multilateral level.

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Content Areas

Contributions are open to researchers who are working on analyses of the PISA data that go beyond the results presented in the OECD initial international reports and that relate to the following topics:

  • Domain-related issues, including cognitive and affective outcomes of PISA, the content validity of the study, its relation to the curriculum or national assessments;

  • Research on conditions for the development of literacy competencies on the student, class, institutional (school) and system level;

  • Methodological issues, including item development and quality assurance, translation, IRT modelling and assumptions, statistical analysis and sampling design; and

  • Trends and longitudinal studies, addressing both methodological and content-related issues.

Half a day will be devoted to each of the four themes, with an introductory keynote speech in plenary. The keynote speeches will be given by leading experts in their fields and will range across research and policy interests.

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Contribution Formats and Requirements

The conference invites the submission of abstracts of contributions for oral and poster presentations as well as symposia and roundtable discussions.

  • Proposals for oral presentation: Proposals have to be written in English and should not exceed 800 to 1.500 words, should name the author(s) and 3-5 keywords. They should include a short description of the project and its objectives, state the data sources, address relevant methods and/or techniques and include a summary of the main results and conclusions.
    The oral presentations will be thematically organised into sessions with three to four papers. Each author will have 15 to 20 minutes to present his or her work followed by 20 minutes of discussion. The contributions should present results of ongoing and completed research projects.

  • Poster proposals: The proposals should follow the same specifications as stated above for the oral presentations. However, as posters should only present results of papers which have already been published, a copy of the published report or article along with the authors’ names and affiliations has to be included.
    Posters will be displayed in a separate area of the meeting venue to allow participants to engage in one-on-one discussions with the presenter.

  • Proposals for symposia or round table discussions: The proposals should focus on topics relevant to educational policy or to the area of assessment and convene distinguished participants from whom important contributions can be expected. The proposal should include the name of a moderator who will lead the discussion and convey the conclusions. A proposal for a symposium or a roundtable discussion should not exceed 2.000 words and should include a short description with a justification of the importance of the topic, the central issues to be discussed and the names and affiliations of the invited participants with a justification of their expertise on the issue.

Symposia and round table discussions will be scheduled for 90 minutes and should be concerned with issues of particular importance for the quality and improvement of the PISA study, multilateral co-operation or educational policy.

Proposals will be submitted through the conference website. More information about the submission of proposals will be provided on the website (see below).

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Peer review process: Criteria and deadlines

Submission of abstracts for oral presentations, as well as proposals for posters, symposia and round tables will be accepted from 20 January 2009 until 28 February 2009.

A scientific advisory group will review all proposed papers. Selection will be based on the relevance of the topic to the conference theme, and on whether the findings of the paper fill a critical gap in knowledge or solve a fundamental problem, or deal with an emerging issue. Individual paper or poster proposals must be original and innovative, empirically grounded, technically sound and consistent with the theoretical and methodological frameworks of the projects.

Authors of accepted proposals will be informed by the end of March 2009.

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Language

The official language of this research conference will be English. No translation facilities will be provided by the hosting institution.

Conference Organisers

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for Science Education (IPN) Kiel, Germany.

Conference Venue

Kieler Schloss (Kiel Castle), Kiel, Germany.
Registration, Accommodation and further Information
will be given on the conference website shortly.

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