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Changing systems of external examination

Bjørn Stensaker (NIFU STEP – The Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Oslo, Norway)
Ellen Brandt (NIFU STEP – The Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Oslo, Norway)
Nils Henrik Solum (NIFU STEP – The Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Oslo, Norway)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 11 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review and identify changes in systems of external examinations in Denmark, the UK and Norway.

Design/methodology/approach

Comparative analysis of studies, reviews and documents concerning the purpose and functioning of systems of external examination in three selected countries.

Findings

The paper concludes that systems of external examinations are being transformed from a focus on student performance to a focus on programme quality and coherence in all three countries studied.

Practical implications

The paper shows that older and newer forms of quality assurance are becoming more integrated with the potential of creating quality assurance procedures addressing teaching and learning issues more directly.

Originality/value

Much attention has been given to newer forms of external quality assurance schemes. More traditional forms of quality assurance have, as a consequence, received less attention although they may still provide benefits to higher education.

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Citation

Stensaker, B., Brandt, E. and Henrik Solum, N. (2008), "Changing systems of external examination", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 211-223. https://doi.org/10.1108/09684880810886231

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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