PISA Data Analysis Manual: SPSS, Second Edition

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The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) surveys collected data on students’ performances in reading, mathematics and science, as well as contextual information on students’ background, home characteristics and school factors which could influence performance. This publication includes detailed information on how to analyse the PISA data, enabling researchers to both reproduce the initial results and to undertake further analyses. In addition to the inclusion of the necessary techniques, the manual also includes a detailed account of the PISA 2006 database and worked examples providing full syntax in SPSS®.



PISA and Policy Relevance – Three Examples of Analyses

This chapter will provide three examples of possible analyses with PISA data. The examples will begin with a concrete policy question which will be followed by a step-by-step analysis:

1. how to translate a policy question into a working hypothesis;

2. how to choose the most appropriate approach to answer the hypothesis;

3. how to compute, referring to the relevant chapters in this manual on technical matters;

4. how to interpret the results;

5. how to draw policy recommendations.


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