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Recent awardees
Stefan Johansson

"On the Validity of Reading Assessments: Relationships Between Teacher Judgements, External Tests and Pupil Self-assessments"

2013 Choppin Award


Moosung Lee and Philip Hallinger

"National Contexts Influencing Principals' Time Use and Allocation: Economic Development, Societal Culture, and Educational System"

2013 Wolf Award


Gabrielle Stanco

"Using TIMSS 2007 Data to Examine STEM School Effectiveness in an International Context"

2012 Choppin Award


Jan-Christoph Bietenbeck

"Teaching Practices and Student Achievement: Evidence from TIMSS"

2012 Choppin Award


Kerry J. Kennedy, Magdalena Mo Ching Mok, and Michael Ying Wah Wong

"Developing Political Trust in Adolescents: Is There a Role for Schools?"

2012 Wolf Award


Chanho Park

"A Multilevel IRT Model for Group-Level Diagnostic Assessment with Application to TIMSS"

2011 Choppin Award


IEA Awards

IEA offers two annual awards to recognize high quality empirical research that makes use of IEA data. These awards were established as a memorial to Bruce H. Choppin and Richard M. Wolf, to commemorate their significant contributions to IEA.

The intention of the awards is to encourage and promote outstanding research conducted by graduate students, postgraduate students, and established researchers that uses IEA data.

General entry requirements

The awards are available annually. However, in any given year, the IEA Awards Committee may decide not to make one or both of the awards.

The deadline for applications is 31 March of each year. Candidates will receive feedback within six months of the closing date, and the winners will be announced at the IEA General Assembly meeting of the same year. For specific award entry requirements, please see Choppin Award and Wolf Award. Research questions may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • within-country studies of the background factors behind educational attitudes or achievement;
  • comparative studies of factors related to achievement across multiple countries;
  • methodological issues associated with conducting large-scale educational research investigations of within-country achievement results via examination of data from comparison countries.

Criteria for both awards include:

  • importance of the problem;
  • conceptualization and design of the study;
  • methods of analysis employed;
  • adequacy of the reporting and discussion;
  • reasonableness of the conclusions.

Submissions for the awards are adjudicated by the IEA Awards Committee chaired by Dr David Robitaille (IEA Publications and Editorial Committee). Other members are Dr Larry Hedges (IEA Technical Executive Group) and Ms Anne-Berit Kavli (IEA Chair). Additional experts may be added to the committee as required.

Using IEA data

Fifty years of IEA research have resulted in a wealth of data on numerous aspects of international education. The data are managed by the IEA DPC, and are available to researchers free of charge. The IEA DPC has also produced specialized software to analyze the study data, and conducts regular trainings on the use of large-scale international databases.

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