Europe in the curricula of European compulsory schools - Or: Is

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2 Europe in the curricula of European compulsory schools Or: Is there a need for a European curriculum? Oliver Holz, University of Leuven, Belgium with contributions from: Maria Villanueva - University Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain Elisabetta Piedi - University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy Susanne Linhofer - University College of Teacher Education Styria, Austria Sasika Breutmann - University College of Teacher Education Styria, Austria Zahra Demirci – University of Uludag, Turkey 1. PISA, curricula und Europe Starting point In recent years, a wide variety of comparative studies on educational policies, economics and legislative situations in selected nation-states and, increasingly, on a global and international level have been performed worldwide. The last, and most famous study in many ways is being organized since 2000 in more and more countries around the world. This study known under the name PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) (is) aimed at assessing 15-year-olds in terms of their skills in reading, mathematics and natural sciences. Under the auspices of the OECD, a research design was developed in order to produce specified results and making records available, which up to now were not available for scientific comparison study. With the presentation of the first results, some European countries experienced the “PISA shock”! Politicians, teachers, parents, educators, scientists and other stakeholders were surprised and sometimes ashamed of the poor performance of the subjects. In all three tested skills, for example the German, Spanish and Greek students scored below average

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