ERIC Number: EJ876682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
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The Role of Peer Review in Norwegian Quality Assurance: Potential Consequences for Excellence and Diversity
Langfeldt, Liv; Stensaker, Bjorn; Harvey, Lee; Huisman, Jeroen; Westerheijden, Don F.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v59 n4 p391-405 Apr 2010
The article analyses the role of peer review within broader external quality assurance schemes. Based on an analytical framework emphasising that modern quality assurance schemes are designed as a balancing act between standardised guidelines and professional judgement, the article uses data from a recent evaluation of NOKUT, the Norwegian Quality Assurance Agency, to investigate whether and how the peer review process has maintained its central role in quality assurance, not least with respect to promoting excellence and diversity. The findings indicate that what is presented as judgements based on peer expertise, turn out to be a rather technical process in which pre-defined rigid criteria and standards are imperative. In the conclusion, the role of peer review is discussed in relation to developments in European higher education.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Control, Peer Evaluation, Cultural Pluralism, Standards, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Norway