The tool of the trade: telling a story of student success using powerful indicators

Starting from the CREATE model for zones of exclusion (Lewin, 2007), Dr. Tramonte will present the journey of research and data design to track progresses with the Goals of the Sustainable Development. From the design of a framework focused on children’s life course to the re-analysis of existing data and the creation of new ones, she will discuss the assessment and the experience of PISA for Development. Why and how do we break apart from the concept of SES; why focusing on social vulnerability to identify patterns of school dropout or poor achievement? In a final example, she will show how principals of a framework of educational prosperity can be visualized with GIS using public data.

Dr. Lucia Tramonte is a Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick.  After her completion of a Ph.D. in Sociology at the Universita’ degli Studi di Milan, Milan, Italy, she joined the University of New Brunswick in 2005 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP).  In 2009, as CRISP Co-Director, she joined the Department of Sociology that she has chaired for the last five years. She is also the Chair of the Department of Anthropology.

Dr. Tramonte researches in the areas of comparative sociology of education, social inequalities, and children development.  Since 2004, she consults and researches for large international organizations, in particular OECD and UNESCO, IADB and AFD, international governments, and international universities on questionnaire construction, secondary data analysis, measurement, and multilevel modelling of cross-sectional and longitudinal data.  Dr. Tramonte has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, reports, and book chapters related to her work on social determinants of school achievement, emotional development and school achievement, inequities and inequalities in education, and life trajectories. She is co-applicant on a number of grants sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). With Dr. Willms, she was the international contractor for the design and the implementation of the new OECD PISA study, the PISA for Development.

Author: Lucélia Ribeiro, Licence