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Australian higher education evaluation through assurance of learning
8th International conference on evaluation for practice: Evaluation as a tool for research, learning and making things better
  • Shelley Kinash, Bond University
  • Trishita Mathew, Bond University
  • Romy Lawson
  • James Herbert
  • Erica French
  • Tracy Taylor
  • Cathy Hall
  • Eveline Fallshaw
  • Jane Summers
Date of this Version
6-18-2012
Document Type
Conference Paper
Publication Details

Accepted Version.

Kinash, S., Mathew, T., Lawson, R., Herbert, J., French, E., Taylor, T., Hall, C., Fallshaw, E., & Summers, J. (2012). Australian higher education evaluation through assurance of learning. Paper presented at ther 8th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice: Improvement by evaluation. 18-20 June, 2012. Pori, Finland.

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2012 HERDC submission. FoR code: 130103

© Copyright the Authors, 2012

ISBN
978951448859
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.
Citation Information
Shelley Kinash, Trishita Mathew, Romy Lawson, James Herbert, et al.. "Australian higher education evaluation through assurance of learning" 8th International conference on evaluation for practice: Evaluation as a tool for research, learning and making things better (2012) p. 1 - 10
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/trishita_mathew/8/