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Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education

Cross-National Comparisons and Perspectives

  • Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
  • Miriam Toepper
  • Hans Anand Pant
  • Corinna Lautenbach
  • Christiane Kuhn


  • Offers a wide range of national and international perspectives on assessment in higher education, which appeal to education scholars, social scientists, and policy-makers alike

  • Includes contributions from leading international scholars at the forefront of the field

  • Provides innovative insights into how to reach valid conclusions on learning outcomes from an international comparative perspective


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Conceptual Development and Advances

  3. Domain-Specific Student Learning Outcomes – National and International Perspectives

  4. Generic Student Learning Outcomes – Cross-National Comparative Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Richard J. Shavelson, Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Julián P. Mariño
      Pages 193-214
    3. Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Miriam Toepper, Dimitri Molerov, Ramona Buske, Sebastian Brückner, Hans Anand Pant et al.
      Pages 245-266
    4. Lin Gu, Ou Lydia Liu, Jun Xu, Elena Kardonova, Igor Chirikov, Guirong Li et al.
      Pages 267-284

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive overview of current, innovative approaches to assessing generic and domain-specific learning outcomes in higher education at both national and international levels. It discusses the most significant initiatives over the past decade to develop objective, valid, and reliable assessment tools and presents state-of-the-art procedures to adapt and validate them for use in other countries. The authors highlight key conceptual and methodological challenges connected with intra-national and cross-national assessment of learning outcomes in higher education; introduce novel approaches to improving assessment, evaluation, testing, and measurement practices; and offer exemplary implementation frameworks. Further, they examine the results of and lessons learned from various recent, world-renowned research programs and feasibility studies, and present results from their own studies to provide new insights into how to draw valid conclusions about learning outcomes achieved in various contexts. 


Diversification of higher education Internationalization in higher education International benchmarking of standards International assessment projects Measuring and assessing students’ competencies Student learning outcomes Cross-national comparisons Measurement in higher education Cross-national assessments National assessment practices Cross-national comparative assessments Performance assessments Domain-specific competencies Critical thinking Quantitative literacy

Editors and affiliations

  • Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
    • 1
  • Miriam Toepper
    • 2
  • Hans Anand Pant
    • 3
  • Corinna Lautenbach
    • 4
  • Christiane Kuhn
    • 5
  1. 1.Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany
  2. 2.Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany
  3. 3.Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  5. 5.Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education
  • Book Subtitle Cross-National Comparisons and Perspectives
  • Editors Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
    Miriam Toepper
    Hans Anand Pant
    Corinna Lautenbach
    Christiane Kuhn
  • Series Title Methodology of Educational Measurement and Assessment
  • Series Abbreviated Title Methodology of Educational Measurement and Assessment
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-74337-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08967-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-74338-7
  • Series ISSN 2367-170X
  • Series E-ISSN 2367-1718
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 308
  • Number of Illustrations 18 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Assessment, Testing and Evaluation
    International and Comparative Education
    Higher Education
    Educational Psychology
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