Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education

Cross-National Comparisons and Perspectives

  • Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
  • Miriam Toepper
  • Hans Anand Pant
  • Corinna Lautenbach
  • Christiane Kuhn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Conceptual Development and Advances

  3. Domain-Specific Student Learning Outcomes – National and International Perspectives

  4. Generic Student Learning Outcomes – Cross-National Comparative Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Richard J. Shavelson, Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Julián P. Mariño
      Pages 193-214
    3. Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Miriam Toepper, Dimitri Molerov, Ramona Buske, Sebastian Brückner, Hans Anand Pant et al.
      Pages 245-266
    4. Lin Gu, Ou Lydia Liu, Jun Xu, Elena Kardonova, Igor Chirikov, Guirong Li et al.
      Pages 267-284

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive overview of current, innovative approaches to assessing generic and domain-specific learning outcomes in higher education at both national and international levels. It discusses the most significant initiatives over the past decade to develop objective, valid, and reliable assessment tools and presents state-of-the-art procedures to adapt and validate them for use in other countries. The authors highlight key conceptual and methodological challenges connected with intra-national and cross-national assessment of learning outcomes in higher education; introduce novel approaches to improving assessment, evaluation, testing, and measurement practices; and offer exemplary implementation frameworks. Further, they examine the results of and lessons learned from various recent, world-renowned research programs and feasibility studies, and present results from their own studies to provide new insights into how to draw valid conclusions about learning outcomes achieved in various contexts. 


Diversification of higher education Internationalization in higher education International benchmarking of standards International assessment projects Measuring and assessing students’ competencies Student learning outcomes Cross-national comparisons Measurement in higher education Cross-national assessments National assessment practices Cross-national comparative assessments Performance assessments Domain-specific competencies Critical thinking Quantitative literacy

Editors and affiliations

  • Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
    • 1
  • Miriam Toepper
    • 2
  • Hans Anand Pant
    • 3
  • Corinna Lautenbach
    • 4
  • Christiane Kuhn
    • 5
  1. 1.Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany
  2. 2.Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany
  3. 3.Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  5. 5.Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74337-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74338-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-170X
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-1718
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