The Value of Student Engagement for Higher Education Quality Assurance. Moving Away from the Regulatory Approach

Ruth Vilà, Assumpta Aneas, María José Rubio, Montserrat Freixa


There is a lack of research into quality in the practicum, despite widespread acknowledgement of its value in graduate training. This paper look for a) to determine the quality of the practicum placements where students from Pedagogy Degree performed their practicum; b) to investigate the relationships between the students’ and teachers’ views and the Regulatory Model criteria; and 3) to identify Regulatory Model indicators that may be associated with participants’ views on the quality of practicum centres. Data was collected in two surveys, the sample comprising 106 students, 15 tutors and 291 practicum centres. The results shown that the three actors held positive views of its quality, there is a correlation between the tutors’ views and the Regulatory Model, and there are two main variables related to the placement centre quality: type of practices and coverage of competences. This paper highlight the social value of students’ engagement in conceptualization of quality and its indicators, going beyond the passive approach, which deals only with client satisfaction.

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Teacher education; Trainees; Educational quality; Assessment; Student participation

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