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Higher Education Learning Outcomes Assessment

International Perspectives

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Edited By Hamish Coates

This book provides higher education teachers, leaders and policymakers with insights from research on assessing students’ learning outcomes. The book is founded in research, shaped by policy, and designed to be of enduring relevance to practice. Framed by a cycle of continuous quality improvement, it begins by discussing policy contexts and research concepts. Experts discuss institutional, disciplinary, national and international case studies. Perspectives are advanced for reviewing the relevance and feasibility of assessment initiatives. The book explores what stakeholders have done to convert work on learning outcomes into improvements in education.
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Student learning outcomes assessment in China: Primitive foundations

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Abstract: This chapter outlines broad foundations being set to spur student learning outcomes assessment initiatives in China. It first reviews historical contexts and convergent forces that have promoted work on student learning outcomes. It then studies exemplary student learning outcomes assessment programs to analyse their role in Chinese higher education. Finally, the chapter explores the institutional application of student learning outcomes, taking Beijing Normal University (BNU) as an institutional case. The chapter concludes by future directions for work in this field.

Keywords: student learning outcomes assessment; Chinese higher education; quality improvement

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