23 SES 13 A, Adult Literacies and the Effects of Comparative Performance Measurements: Local, National, Global
This paper will analyse the Danish reactions to the results of the first round of OECD´s Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competences (PIAAC). The Danish National Centre for Social Research, responsible for the Danish analyses stated in a press release that one in six adult Danes had, what was defined as, insufficient literacy skills (SFI, 2013). In spite of this alarming conclusion and the fact that the results from the OECD school-assessment focused programme, PISA, have had a substantial impact on Danish education policies, the reactions on the launch of PIAAC were modest. An analysis based on Bacchi’s ‘what’s the problem represented to be?’ approach to policy analysis (1999, 2009) will investigate why this is the case. It will look into the confluence of PIAAC and national discourses on adult education addressing the questions: What is the problem of adult education represented to be in the reactions to PIAAC, with what discursive effects for adult learning in Denmark? The analysis will be based on policy documents, newspaper articles and press releases from the major actors in adult education in Denmark.
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