Publications 2010

Articles Eivers, E. (2010). PISA: Issues in implementation and interpretation.  Irish Journal of Education, 38, 94-118. Gilleece, L., Cosgrove, J., & Sofroniou, N. (2010). Equity in mathematics and science outcomes: Characteristics associated with high and low achievement on PISA 2006 in Ireland. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 8, 475-496 Kellaghan, T. (2010).  EvaluationRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 38, 2010

CLASS SIZE AND PUPIL-TEACHER RATIO: POLICY AND PROGRESS Susan Weir, Peter Archer, and Laura McAvinue Educational Research Centre, St Patrick’s College, Dublin Government policy relating to reduction in class size and pupil-teacher ratio over the past 50 years is outlined. Since the 1980s, the policy has focused on positive discrimination towards schools serving pupils inRead more…

Publications 2009

Articles Brozo, W.G., Sutton Flint, E.S., Shiel, G., Persson, U.B., Garbe, C., & Dachkova, L. (2009). Content reading in four European Union countries. Reading Teacher, 62(3), 170-173. Close, S., Millar, D., & Shiel, G. (2009). Characteristics and curriculum validity of test items for the National Assessment of Mathematics Achievement in 6th class. In D. Corcoran,Read more…

Publications 2008

Articles Kellaghan, T. (2008). IEA studies and educational policy. In W. Harlen (Ed.), Student assessment and testing. London: Sage. Pp. 394-412. Kellaghan, T. (2008). Qué mecanismos de monitoreo se pueden utilizar para efectuar ‎estudios internacionales comparados y estudios nacionales? In K.N. Ross and I.J.  ‎Genevois (Eds.), Estudios internacionales sobre la calidad de la educación. Paris:Read more…

Publications 2007

Articles Brozo, W., Shiel, G., & Topping, K. (2007). Engagement in reading: Lessons learned from three PISA countries.Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 51(4), 304-315. DOWNLOAD Close, S., Oldham, E., Surgenor, P., Shiel, G., Dooley, T., & O’Leary, M. (2007). Are calculators detrimental to students’ mathematical development? The effects of introducing calculators into the IrishRead more…

Publications 2006

Articles Eivers, E., & Kennedy, D. (2006). The PISA assessment of scientific literacy. Irish Journal of Education, 37, 101-119. Kellaghan, T. (2006). What monitoring mechanisms can be used for cross-national (and national) studies? In K. N. Ross & I. J. Genevois (Eds.), Cross-national studies of the quality of education: Planning their design and managing theirRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 37, 2006

AN OVERVIEW OF THE MAIN FINDINGS OF PISA 2003 IN IRELAND Gerry Shiel, Nick Sofroniou, and Judith Cosgrove Educational Research Centre, St Patrick’s College, Dublin In PISA 2003, 15-year olds in Ireland achieved a mean score on the major assessment domain, mathematics, that is not significantly different from the OECD country average. Irish mean scoresRead more…

Publications 2005

Articles Cosgrove, J., Oldham, E.E., & Close, S. (2005). Assessment of mathematics in PISA 2003: Achievements of Irish 15-year olds in an international context. In S. Close, T. Dooley, & D. Corcoran (Eds.), Proceedings of the First National Conference of Research in Mathematics Education. Dublin: St Patrick’s College. Pp. 193-208. Cosgrove, J., Zastrutzki, S., &Read more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 36, 2005

THE POINTS SYSTEM AND GRADING OF THE LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION Eoghan Mac Aogáin Educational Research Centre, St Patrick’s College, Dublin The study described in this paper examines official figures for the grades awarded in 20 subjects in the Leaving Certificate Examination (LCE) at Ordinary and Higher levels in the period 1996 to 2005. Eleven subjectsRead more…

Publications 2004

Articles Cosgrove, J. (2004). Procedure used to adjust for non-response in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2000) and implications for the interpretation of student achievement outcomes in Ireland. In M. Murphy, & L. McHugh (Eds.), NUI Maynooth: Postgraduate Research Record: Proceedings of the Colloquium 2004. Maynooth: NUI Maynooth. Pp. 55-59. Cosgrove, J.,Read more…