Australian higher education evaluation through assurance of learning

Kinash, Shelley and Mathew, Trishita and Lawson, Romy and Herbert, James and French, Erica and Taylor, Tracy and Hall, Cathy and Fallshaw, Eveline and Summers, Jane (2012) Australian higher education evaluation through assurance of learning. In: EVAL 2012: 8th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice, 18-20 Jun 2012, Pori, Finland.

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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.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Copyright the Authors, 2012.
Depositing User: Dr Jane Summers
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2012 06:00
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: assurance of learning; graduate attributes; education evaluation
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21516

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