Learning Standards and the Assessment of Quality in Higher Education: Contested Policy Trajectories

  • Jon Yorke
  • Lesley Vidovich

Part of the Policy Implications of Research in Education book series (PIRE, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Jon Yorke, Lesley Vidovich
    Pages 1-14
  3. Jon Yorke, Lesley Vidovich
    Pages 15-34
  4. Jon Yorke, Lesley Vidovich
    Pages 35-67
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    Pages 69-87
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    Pages 89-109
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    Pages 111-133
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    Pages 135-180
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    Pages 181-200
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    Pages 201-216
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    Pages 217-257
  12. Jon Yorke, Lesley Vidovich
    Pages 259-273

About this book


This book analyses accountability and quality policies relating to learning standards and examines their implications for assessment in higher education. Whilst primarily focusing on the Australian setting, this analysis is located within a broader frame of reference that includes the United Kingdom (UK), the United States of America (US), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Across these settings, comparative measures of learning have been seen as a policy ‘solution’ to the problem of ‘proving quality’ in a globalised and increasingly competitive higher education market. Comparative measures of learning depend on the specification of learning standards. Learning standards attempt to articulate the capabilities expected of graduates, and students’ achievement of these is determined through the practices of assessment carried out within institutions. Quality policy, learning standards and assessment practices all intersect within the broader umbrella of accountability, with relevance to governments, higher education providers, employers, parents, and students. The findings reported in this book highlight a number of policy influences, including the rising demands for national and international comparative data on learning standards to compare quality and inform student choice in a globally competitive market.


Quality and standards in higher education Australia's Higher Education System policy Globalization and education policy trends Learning standards in higher education Assessment practices in higher education Policy analysis higher education Accountability Critical discourse analysis TEQSA

Authors and affiliations

  • Jon Yorke
    • 1
  • Lesley Vidovich
    • 2
  1. 1.Curtin University Curtin UniversityBentleyAustralia
  2. 2.The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32923-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32924-6
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