The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s International Early Learning Study: Opening for debate and contestation

Peter Moss, Gunilla Dahlberg, Susan Grieshaber, Susanna Mantovani, Helen May, Alan Pence, Sylvie Rayna, Beth Blue Swadener, Michel Vandenbroeck

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is initiating the International Early Learning Study, a cross-national assessment of early learning outcomes involving the testing of 5-year-old children in participating countries. The authors use this colloquium to inform members of the early childhood community about this project and to raise concerns about its assumptions, practices and possible effects. The authors also invite readers’ comments, to start a process of democratic dialogue and contestation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-351
Number of pages9
JournalContemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • Cross-national assessment
  • early childhood education
  • early learning outcomes
  • OECD

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