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PHD PROGRAM IN EDUCATION – Invitation to participate in R&D project on PISA

One of the most complex problems when starting a PhD program is the choice of the problem to investigate, which will be the genesis of the future Doctoral Thesis.

One of the possibilities is for the candidate to integrate existing research teams, building his project as one of the tasks of ongoing R&D projects financed by national or international funding agencies. The advantages of this path are evident: integration into a consolidated team, with a guaranteed orientation, a defined theoretical framework and empirical work built around an already well defined task.

This is the case of the project pisa_pt: A success story? Portugal and PISA (2000-2015), funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), from 2018 to 2021). Information about the project can be found at www.ceied.ulusofona.pt and involves the following tasks:

  1. The Portuguese participation: the political decision
  2. The Portuguese participation: the technical implementation into PISA between 2000 and 2015
  3. The evolution of Portuguese outcomes (2000-2015): Reading, Mathematics, and Science, and its trends
  4. The PISA outcomes and other international surveys outcomes (TIMMS, PIRLS)
  5. PISA in the media
  6. PISA results in teachers’ and parents’ associations discourses
  7. The consequences on political discourses and specific design of national policies
  8. Final synthesis: Explanatory model of the PISA Portuguese results and public policy proposals

The challenge that follows is valid for candidates who enrolled in the PhD Program in 2018, or are planning to do so in 2019: to be part of the PISA project team, proposing to build their research project around one (or more) funded project tasks.

Although the project is about Portugal, the team decided to accept candidates who intend to approach similar problems, having as empirical work Brazil (or another country participating in PISA).

Candidates who take this option will be given priority in admission to the course and may benefit from the team’s support in obtaining scholarships.

All doubts and clarifications can be sought from Professor Carla Galego, carla.galego@gmail.com, researcher of the pisa_pt Project.

Lisboa, December 2018