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Governing Adult Learning Through Influencing Public Debate: How the Media Use PIAAC Data in Denmark, Italy and the United Kingdom

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  • Marcella Milana, University of Verona, Italien
  • Sandra Vatrella, University of Verona, Italien
  • Gosia Klatt, University of Melbourne, Australien
  • Palle Rasmussen, Aalborg Universitet
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  • Anne Larson
This chapter examines how visible the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is in widely read newspapers in Denmark, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and how those newspapers use PIAAC data. Analysing 83 articles, editorials and opinion pieces, using a common protocol, it shows that press reporting of PIAAC tends to confirm general standards for adult learning. PIAAC data and PIAAC’s ‘implicit’ benchmarking of Level 3 in adults’ performances support European standard setting in adult learning. When national governments ask international organisations to do ‘objective’ evaluations, the latter’s power is enhanced. How PIAAC data is used by different newspapers varies not only between countries but also according to the role each newspaper plays within national debates.
TitelLifelong Learning, Young Adults and the Challenges of Disadvantage in Europe
RedaktørerJohn Holford, Pepka Boyadjieva, Sharon Clancy, Günter Hefler, Ivana Studená
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (trykt)978-3-031-14108-9
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-031-14109-6
StatusUdgivet - 2023
SerietitelPalgrave Studies in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Series

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