As the 2019 lecture series 4th of the Graduate School of Education, Prof. Aaron Benavo from University of Albany-State University of New York, School of Education will hold a lecture as follows.

The lecture and questions and answers will be given in English and Japanese interpretation.

In order to know the number of participants, please register in advance. Please refer to “Registration” below. Participation is free. We look forward to your participation.

Date Thursday 21st November 2019
TimeFrom 17:00 to 18:30
PlaceFaculty of Education, Main Building 1F, Meeting Room 1,
(Enter from the east entrance and go straight to the right)
Intended for Open to public
Details● Title
Global learning metrics: Historical roots, current constructions, notable critiques
● Lecturer
Professor. Aaron Benavot
University at Albany, State University of New York
● Language
English / Japanese (sequential interpretation)
AbstractEfforts to assess national learning outcomes and compare these across time and place have expanded rapidly in the past two decades. The results of national, regional and especially international assessments of learning are being combined into global learning metrics (GLM) to substantiate claims of a ‘global learning crisis’ and the poor provision of quality education and as evidence of the need for major policy reforms. Although discussions around comparing learning outcomes across diverse education systems have important historical roots, the new global goal on education, SDG 4, established a broad learning agenda (as part of a results-oriented discourse), and added greater urgency and legitimacy to the construction of a limited number of globally comparable learning outcomes. Current GLMs, for example, rank countries according to the percentage of children or adolescents at different age or grade levels who have acquired a ‘minimum proficiency’ in reading and mathematics (the global indicator for SDG Target 4.1). This presentation will critically evaluate these on-going efforts, first by providing a brief historical perspective, and then by describing new datasets on learning being reported by international agencies. It will also discuss the actors promoting GLMs, the claims and evidence being put forward, as well as the likely consequences and sustainability of these practices over time.
50 people
FeeFree of charge
Registration Advanced registration requested.
Please register HERE:
Wednesday 20th November 2019
On-site registration may be offered based on availability.
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Remarks Sponsored by the Graduate School of Education
Prof. Keita Takayama