Quality Assurance in an International Higher Education Area: A Case Study Approach and Comparative Analysis

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 10, 2011 - Education - 300 pages
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Rethinking the purpose and the aim of higher education has led to new and alternative ways to assure the quality of different higher education systems. In the case studies of six OECD countries, Andrea Bernhard exemplifies the ongoing trends and changes of quality assurance systems along peer-reviewed country reports and interviews with national and international experts. The comparative analysis is based on international, descriptive, discursive, and analytical aspects concentrating on the theoretical concepts of massification, diversification, privatisation, and internationalisation. The author highlights the leading trend towards quality assurance within an international higher education area and provides recommendations to establish a functioning quality assurance system within the observed higher education systems and beyond their borders. This book is valuable reading for academics, practitioners, and policy makers in the field of higher education.
 

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Contents

Abbreviations
11
Introduction
13
Theoretical Approach
17
Research Design
69
Country Reports
83
Expert Interviews
155
Comparison and Future Challenges
224
References
261
Annex
286
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Dr. Andrea Bernhard is a research fellow at the Department of Educational Science at the University of Graz, Austria.

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