1st Edition

Student Engagement and Quality Assurance in Higher Education International Collaborations for the Enhancement of Learning

Edited By Masahiro Tanaka Copyright 2019
    192 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Using a range of international examples to compare the reality, purpose and effect of student engagement in universities across the globe, Student Engagement and Quality Assurance in Higher Education argues that teachers and students need to collaborate to improve the quality of university education and student learning.

    The growing trend of assessing and assuring quality in higher education is incredibly complex, as there are so many variables affecting both experiences and measures. With case studies from ten countries, covering a variety of cultural and environmental settings, this book focusses on ways of working with students to produce applicable, implementable strategies for universities the world over. Internationally applicable, this book presents ideas from a range of cultures, which can be adapted to be implemented in a variety of cultures. The reader is provided with a range of approaches where both the advantages and disadvantages are clearly presented. The ten case studies consider the macro, meso and micro levels of each approach, allowing for an exploration of the growing area of research and practice that is student–staff partnerships, showcasing ways of working with students to enhance engagement and quality, which are vital for a long-term approach.

    Focussing on one of the main reform topics for universities, Student Engagement and Quality Assurance in Higher Education is essential reading for educational researchers, institutional leaders and all concerned with the implementation and progression of student engagement and quality assurance in higher education.

    • Foreword (Alison Cook-Sather)
    • Chapter One: The International Diversity of Student Engagement (Masahiro Tanaka)
    • Chapter Two: Students as Partners in Swedish Higher Education – A Driver for Quality (Åsa Kettis)
    • Chapter Three: Student Engagement in Finnish Higher Education – Conflicting Realities? (Jani Ursin)
    • Chapter Four: Student Engagement in Quality in UK Higher Education – More than Assurance? (Stuart Brand and Luke Millard)
    • Chapter Five: Student Engagement in the United States: From Customers to Partners? (Peter Felten)

    • Chapter Six: Old Technologies, New Opportunities: Rethinking Traditional Approaches to Student Engagement in Australia (Ryan Naylor)
    • Chapter Seven: Student Engagement in Brazilian Higher Education and its Sociopolitical Dimension (Bernardo Sfredo Miorando)
    • Chapter Eight: The Relevance of Student Engagement in African Higher Education: the Mozambican Case (Nelson Casimiro Zavale and Patrício V. Langa)
    • Chapter Nine: Student Engagement in Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Kazakhstan: Ambiguous Forms and Invisible Procedures (Kuanysh Tastanbekova)
    • Chapter Ten: Student Engagement in Chinese Higher Education Institutions for the Improvement of Educational Quality (Tong Yang)
    • Chapter Eleven: Student Engagement for the Improvement of Teaching: The Peculiar Form of Student Faculty Development in Japan (Masahiro Tanaka)
    • Chapter Twelve: Transformation toward Pro-Learning Outcomes in Japanese Higher Education Institutions: The Role and Challenges of Assessment for Student Engagement (Reiko Yamada)
    • Chapter Thirteen: The Future of Student Engagement (Masahiro Tanaka, Jani Ursin, Ryan Naylor and Nelson Casimiro Zavale)


    Masahiro Tanaka is an Associate Professor at the Research Centre for University Studies, the University of Tsukuba, Japan.