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John O'Neill is Professor of Teacher Education and Director of the Institute of Education at Massey University. His research interests include the relationships between education policy and teachers' work and learning; educational charities; and informal teaching and learning in everyday settings.
The real value of TIMSS and PISA lies not so much in the crude comparisons as the painstaking analysis of particular strengths and weaknesses revealed in particular areas of the curriculum, writes John O'Neill.