National Truth of PISA: The OECD PISA Study in Finnish media discourses
Department of Social Research University of Tampere Tampere, Finland
The aim of this paper is to scrutinize how global policy models especially in the area of education are co-opted and brought into effect at nation state level. As a case study I analyse different ways in which the OECD PISA Study (Programme for International Student Assessment) is discussed in Finnish media. The main questions posed to the data are: what are the discourses PISA is connected to in the media discussion? What are the interested parties involved in the texts? What are the objectives different parties pursue? What are the premises the arguments presented in the texts are based on? What are the tensions like between various discourses? By analyzing the media text as discussed above I aim to delineate the socially constructed national truth of PISA, how it is linked with Finnish education, and what role the OECD plays through PISA in Finnish education policy formation.