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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: Article
Divisions : Department of Higher Education
Authors :
Rogaten, Jekaterina
Rienties, Bart
Cross, Simon
Whitelock, Denise
Littlejohn, Allison
Date : March 2019
Funders : Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
DOI : 10.1080/02602938.2018.1504277
Grant Title : A longitudinal mixed-method study of learning gains: applying ABC framework at three institutions
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education on 30th Oct 2018, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Learning gains; Higher education; Cognitive measures; Affective measures; Behavioural measures
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 11 Apr 2019 07:55
Last Modified : 30 Apr 2020 02:08

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