QUT ePrints

Australian higher education evaluation through assurance of learning

Kinash, Shelley, Mathew, Trishita, Lawson, Romy, Herbert, James, French, Erica L., Taylor, Tracy, Hall, Cathy, Fallshaw, Eveline, & Summers, Jane (2012) Australian higher education evaluation through assurance of learning. In Kalliola, S, Kettunen, P, Eskelinen, O, Kosonen, K, Rostila , I, & Leander , A (Eds.) Proceedings of : 8th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice : Evaluation as a Tool for Research, Learning and Making Things Better, Pori, Finland.

View at publisher

Abstract

A collaborative research project conducted by five Australian universities inquired into the philosophy and motivation for Assurance of Learning (AoL) as a process of education evaluation. Associate Deans Teaching and Learning representing Business schools from twenty-five universities across Australia participated in telephone interviews. Data was analysed using NVIVO9. Results indicated that articulated rationale for AoL was both ensuring that students had acquired the attributes and skills the universities claimed they had, and the philosophy of continuous improvement. AoL was motivated both by ritualistic objectives to satisfy accreditation requirements and virtuous agendas for quality improvement. Closing-the-loop was emphasised, but was mostly wishful thinking for next steps beyond data collection and reporting. AoL was conceptualised as one element within the larger context of quality review, but there was no evidence of comprehensive frameworks or strategic plans.

Impact and interest:

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

174 since deposited on 22 Jul 2012
76 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 52628
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Australia, Higher Education, Evaluation , Assurance of Learning
ISBN: 978951448859
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 please consult the authors
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2012 09:31
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2012 02:19

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page