• Jon Yorke
  • Lesley Vidovich
Part of the Policy Implications of Research in Education book series (PIRE, volume 7)


Chapter 1 begins with the aim of the research: to analyse accountability and quality policies relating to learning standards, and their implications for assessment in higher education. The chapter provides a brief contextualisation internationally, with a focus on the UK and US, as well as Australia (developed further in Chap. 2). It then introduces key conceptual themes of globalisation, accountability, quality, learning standards and assessment (explicated in Chap. 3). This first chapter also articulates the four main research questions, which are derived from the concept of a ‘policy trajectory’, and it provides a ‘taste’ of the theory (detailed in Chap. 4) and methods (detailed in Chap. 5) employed. The significance of this research is then explained. The chapter concludes by foreshadowing the structure of the book. Beyond Chap. 5, the specific findings are presented in Chaps. 6, 7, 8 and 9, a meta-analysis is discussed in Chap. 10 and implications for future development of theory, policy/practice and research are raised in Chap. 11.


Accountability Assessment Learning standards Quality policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon Yorke
    • 1
  • Lesley Vidovich
    • 2
  1. 1.Curtin UniversityBentleyAustralia
  2. 2.The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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