Yielding insights into youth empowerment, the ongoing IEA International Civic and Citizenship Study (ICCS) in 2016 will enable countries to evaluate how young people are prepared for their role as citizens. The study, currently undertaking main data collection, reports on students’ knowledge and understanding of concepts and issues related to civics and citizenship, including their value beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. ICCS 2016 will provide internationally comparable indicators of civic knowledge and engagement to inform policies and practices at large. You may find more information here: http://www.iea.nl/iccs_2016.html.
We are now looking forward to an exciting 2016, with the release of the TIMSS 2015 results, the ECES report, ICCS 2016 and the launch of LaNA, ICILS 2018 and TIMSS and eTIMSS 2019, see the upcoming studies here: http://www.iea.nl/upcoming_studies.html.
IEA have also recently had a blog on international comparability published which may be of interest to many members: A new tool to assess literacy and numeracy skills in developing countries. Obtaining internationally comparable results by assessing students at the primary level.
Local Organizing Committee from CEA from left: Mr Gabriel Mokoena, Ms Nelladee Palane, Mrs Karen Roux, Dr Caroline Long, Mrs Sandra van Niekerk, Ms Thembisile Matlou, Prof. Sarah Howie (Chair of Local Organizing Committee), Mrs Rosalie Loots, Mr Thamsanqa Ncube, Ms Celeste Combrinck, Mr Mishack Tshele and Mr Stefan de Jager
In June, over 100 delegates from 41 countries around the world attended the 6th International Association for the Evaluation of Education Achievement (IEA) International Research Conference (IRC), hosted by the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) at the University of Pretoria. The conference was preceded by four workshops covering the practical methodology of using IEA data, offered by international experts. The conference was officially opened by Mrs Debbie Schäfer, the Minister for Education of the Western Cape Province in South Africa.
In total, 58 papers were presented at the conference and there were three keynote speakers from three different continents: Professor Sarah Howie, Professor of Education and Director of the CEA, a research center within the Faculty of Education of the University of Pretoria, Dr Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics in Canada, and Professor David Kaplan of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the USA. Professor Howie’s presentation was entitled “What do the IEA Studies Mean for Developing Countries’ Education Systems and Educational Research?”, Dr Montoya explored the topic “Post-2015 Education Framework: A Strategic Approach to Improve and Monitor Learning Outcomes as Part of the Post-2015 Education Targets” and Professor Kaplan presented on “The Bayesian Revolution and its Implications for the Analysis of International Large-Scale Assessments."
This conference was the sixth in a series of IEA international research conferences showcasing and sharing research undertaken on IEA data. For over 50 years the IEA has been responsible for the organisation of large-scale international comparative research studies in education. At the conference, research papers by international and local researchers were presented based on data from the IEA studies such as the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS and the TIMSS Advanced), the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS), the Second Information Technology in Education Study SITES), the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS, CIVED) and the Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M). Several presentations also linked the research-based evidence from various IEA studies with policy developments and with implications for curriculum.
Socially, there were many opportunities for delegates to interact and enjoy South African food and local wine. The delegates were welcomed to the conference with a reception on the evening of the 23rd June, where the local chair of the organizing committee, Sarah Howie, introduced delegates to some South Africanisms to prepare them for the week ahead. They were further welcomed officially by the Chair of the IEA, Mrs Anne-Berit Kavli.
This was followed on 24th June with a special reception for the African delegates; IEA Director, Dr Dirk Hastedt, was there to introduce them to the IEA philosophy and studies, and it was a good opportunity to meet the senior members of the IEA delegation, discuss key questions and share research directions.
On the last evening, IEA invited delegates descended on the Gold Restaurant for the conference dinner, where they were treated to some African delicacies and a hive of drumming, dancing and singing activities. Among invited dignitaries were the Chair of the IEA, Ms Anne-Berit Kavli from Norway, the Director of the IEA, Dr Dirk Hastedt from Germany, Professor Ina Mullis and Dr Mick Martin (co-Directors of the Boston College’s International Study Centre) the Minister for Education in the Western Cape, Mrs Debbie Schäfer and the Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education at the University of Pretoria, Professor Stephanie Burton; the last welcomed the guests to the conference dinner and presented the University of Pretoria’s research profile. Delegates from the broader education research fraternity, including universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government departments, and from the private sector attended the conference.
The IEA is pleased to announce that the 7th IEA IRC will be held at the historic Charles University in Prague, beautiful capital of the Czech Republic, 28–30 June 2017, preceded by workshop events on 26–27 June 2017. The conference will be organized jointly by the Faculty of Education Institute for Research & Development of Education of Charles University, the Czech School Inspectorate, and the IEA. Follow the IEA on LinkedIn or Twitter for first alerts.