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Reviewing affective, behavioural, and cognitive learning gains in higher education

Rogaten, Jekaterina; Rienties, Bart; Sharpe, Rhona; Cross, Simon; Whitelock, Denise; Lygo-Baker, Simon and Littlejohn, Allison (2019). Reviewing affective, behavioural, and cognitive learning gains in higher education. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 44(3) pp. 321–337.

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The notion of learning gains has increasingly become apparent within the higher education literature and is gaining traction in government policies in the US and UK, reflecting a desire to “quantify” the impact of university study and teaching excellence in particular. Given the increased policy focus on learning gains, it is essential that researchers and policy makers are informed about common used approaches to measure learning gains, and their expected range and magnitude. Therefore, a systematic literature search was undertaken. 52 studies (n = 41,009) were coded into affective, behavioural, and/or cognitive learning gains. The review found a rich but diverse variety of adopted methodologies and approaches to “measure” Affective, Behavioural, and Cognitive (ABC) learning gains. Nonetheless, there is a lack of consistency in the ways in which learning gains are currently measured and reported. These inconsistencies and limitations hamper effective comparisons of learning gains and teaching excellence. We recommend a greater emphasis on longitudinal measurement of learning gains using validated approaches.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 1469-297X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
A longitudinal mixed method study of learning gain: applying Affective-Behaviour Cognition framework at 3 institutions10007773HEFCE
Keywords: learning gains; higher education; cognitive measures; affective measures; behavioural measures
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 55868
Depositing User: Bart Rienties
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 08:54
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 23:34
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