ERIC Number: EJ1138122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
Quality Assurance Policies and Practices in Scandinavian Higher Education Systems: Convergence or Different Paths?
Kalpazidou Schmidt, Evanthia
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v39 n3 p247-265 2017
Because there is close cooperation on quality assurance in the Scandinavian countries, one would expect there to be convergence of quality assurance policies and practices in Scandinavian higher education. Few studies have analysed these quality assurance policies and practices from a comparative viewpoint. Based on empirical evidence produced in connection with studies of recent quality reforms in Scandinavia and an approach based on linking diffusion and translation theories with institutionalist perspectives focusing on path dependency, the paper contributes to the current debate on Scandinavian quality assurance. The debate is compelling with regard to the Swedish case in particular, with its "one size fits all" approach and exclusive focus on outcomes which has been heavily criticised by the higher education institutions and has turned out to be controversial from the European viewpoint.
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Quality Assurance, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Cooperation, Educational Practices, Student Mobility, Guidelines, Comparative Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden; Denmark; Norway