We Need Meaningful, Systemic Evaluation, Not a Preschool PISA


  • Mathias Urban Roehampton University, UK


Global, early childhood testing policy, OECD, International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study, IELS


Critique of Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) influence on early childhood testing policy and the OECD's international standardised assessment programme for five-year-old children, the International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study (IELS)

Author Biography

Mathias Urban, Roehampton University, UK

Mathias Urban, PhD, is Professor of Early Childhood Studies and Director of the Early Childhood Research Centre at the University of Roehampton, London. His research interests unfold around questions of diversity and equality, social justice, evaluation and professionalism in working with young children, families and communities in diverse socio-cultural contexts. He is an International Research Fellow with the Velma E. Schmidt Critical Childhood Public Policy Research Collaborative, a member of the PILIS research group (Primera Infancia, Lenguaje e Inclusión Social), Chair of the DECET (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training) network, President of the International Froebel Society and a member of the AERA special interest group Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood.