Changing Assessment in Higher Education: A Model in Support of Institution-Wide Improvement

  • Ranald Macdonald
  • Gordon Joughin


Assessment of student learning is a complex matter being dealt with in large, complex institutions, involving diverse collections of staff and students engaged in intensive activities that lie at the heart of higher education. Not surprisingly, assessment has become a focal point of research and innovation in higher education. Consequently, the literature on assessment is now considerable and growing rapidly, while national projects to generate ways of improving assessment have become commonplace in many countries At the same time, however, attempts to improve assessment often fall short of their promise. Well-founded statements of assessment principles fail to work their way down from the committees which draft them; individual lecturers’ innovative assessment practices take hold within their immediate sphere of influence without infiltrating a whole programme; limited progress is made in encouraging departments to take seriously the assessment of generic qualities or...


High Education Institution System Thinking Assessment Practice Complex Adaptive System Educational Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Learning and Teaching Institute, Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffield

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