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ERIC Number: ED506938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-9
Pages: 58
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-952-5539-30-1
ISSN: ISSN-1458-106X
Assessing Educational Quality: Knowledge Production and the Role of Experts. ENQA Workshop Report 6
Aas, Gro Hanne; Askling, Berit; Dittrich, Karl; Froestad, Wenche; Haug, Peder; Lycke, Kirsten Hofgaard; Moitus, Sirpa; Pyykko, Riitta; Sorskar, Anne Karine
ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education)
This report is a product of an European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) Workshop "Assessing educational quality: Knowledge production and the role of experts" hosted by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) in Oslo in February, 2008. The workshop gathered representatives from higher education institutions and agencies to exchange and discuss experiences on the process of external reviews and on the role of the review experts in that process. The workshop and this publication flourished from the "Expert knowledge" project carried out by NOKUT. The project focused on the status and legitimacy of the knowledge acquired through external assessments of higher education, in which the role of external reviewers (experts) as well as the cooperation between experts and quality assurance agencies are crucial. This report consists of articles that were submitted by workshop presenters and participants, upon request from the ENQA Secretariat. Articles by Professor em. Berit Askling from the University of Gothenburg and Professor Kirsten Hofgaard Lycke from the University of Oslo, as well as the article by Gro Hanne Aas and Wenche Froestad from NOKUT reflect on the results from the above-mentioned project. In his article, Professor Peder Haug from the Volda University College investigates the potential of the "expert panel methodology" in evaluations and compares it to "research-based evaluations". The article by Anne Karine Sorskar from NOKUT discusses the results from a questionnaire that was sent to the participating agencies prior to the workshop concerning the agencies' use of experts in external reviews. In his article, Karl Dittrich, the Chairman of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), examines the practices in the publication of review reports in different countries also reflecting on the advantages and disadvantages of publishing these reports. Sirpa Moitus and Riitta Pyykko from the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC) contribute to the report by presenting ways of promoting the usefulness and utilisation of evaluations. The workshop, and thus this publication, emphasise the importance of feedback and discussions with stakeholders on the evaluations, and in most cases these evaluations are carried out by expert panels. ENQA workshop on "Assessing educational quality: Knowledge production and the role of experts" is annexed. Individual chapters contain references. (Contains 5 tables and 44 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: European Commission
Authoring Institution: European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
Identifiers - Location: Norway