This book examines important advances and offers a realistic image of the state of the art in student learning outcomes assessment in higher education—a field close to the core of nearly every higher education institution. Producing sound information on what students know and can do is critical to higher education practitioners and future social prosperity. Spanning international, national and institutional developments, the book presents methodological and empirical insights, highlights research challenges, and showcases the enormous progress made in recent years.
The book will be of interest to researchers in education assessment and neighbouring fields, and stakeholders like institutional leaders, teachers and graduate employers looking for better insight on returns, governments searching for information to assist with funding and regulation, and members of the public wanting more clarity about outcomes and public investment. This book was originally published as a special issue of Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education.
Introduction. Assessing student learning outcomes in higher education: challenges and international perspectives Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Hans Anand Pant and Hamish Coates
1. Assessing student learning outcomes internationally: insights and frontiers Hamish Coates
2. Assessing critical thinking in higher education: the HEIghten™ approach and preliminary validity evidence Ou Lydia Liu, Liyang Mao, Lois Frankel and Jun Xu
3. On the practices and challenges of measuring higher education value added: the case of Colombia Richard J. Shavelson, Benjamin W. Domingue, Julián P. Mariño, Adriana Molina Mantilla, Andrés Morales Forero and Edward E. Wiley
4. Assessing scientific reasoning: a comprehensive evaluation of item features that affect item difficulty Jurik Stiller, Stefan Hartmann, Sabrina Mathesius, Philipp Straube, Rüdiger Tiemann, Volkhard Nordmeier, Dirk Krüger and Annette Upmeier zu Belzen
5. Comparing future teachers’ beliefs across countries: approximate measurement invariance with Bayesian elastic constraints for local item dependence and differential item functioning Johan Braeken and Sigrid Blömeke
6. Student motivation in low-stakes assessment contexts: an exploratory analysis in engineering mechanics Frank Musekamp and Jacob Pearce
7. Developing instruments to assess and compare the quality of engineering education: the case of China and Russia Elena Kardanova, Prashant Loyalka, Igor Chirikov, Lydia Liu, Guirong Li, Huan Wang, Ekaterina Enchikova, Henry Shi and Natalie Johnson
8. Macroeconomic knowledge of higher education students in Germany and Japan – a multilevel analysis of contextual and personal effects Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Susanne Schmidt, Sebastian Brückner, Manuel Förster, Michio Yamaoka and Tadayoshi Asano