Secondary analyses of PISA Plus data

Joint DIPF research project with TUM and IPN

 

The project focuses on the PISA Plus study. PISA Plus is a national add-on study to the PISA 2012 survey in which the performance of the same students was the subject of a further survey a year after the PISA test. Pisa exercises and complementary exercises from the performance comparison for educational standards were used. This longitudinal survey may yield information about changes in performance in the course of a year.

The Secondary analyses of PISA Plus data project aims to conduct research into school and teaching characteristics and the personal characteristics of students in relation to performance change and thus help answer questions of a practical nature. Based on the findings of the aforementioned PISA Plus project, the relevant data collected will be analysed by all three institutes in the form of a joint project in order to answer a range of questions.

The question of which teaching characteristics influence student performance and motivation is to be explored, for instance. The aim is to determine how factors like school culture, type of school, the social composition of classes and teacher commitment affect how teaching is structured and level of performance. Another research aim is to determine whether there are any interrelations between student motivation and interest in what is being taught and their performance and how this is evinced in particular in groups with and without a migrant background. A further focus is comparing the change in student performance in relation to PISA exercises and the requirements of educational standards, thus in effect a comparison of fundamental and specific curricula-based competences. The project thus permits an insight into performance development in connection with various teaching characteristics.

In this research project changes in student performance are examined on the basis of the PISA Plus study. © iStock.com

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