RE140092HEFCE - Learning Gain Research

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UK Shared Business Services Ltd.
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Services - Unspecified
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Friday, June 13, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 00:00
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There is growing interest around the world in measuring how much students in HE learn, and the contribution that institutions, courses and particular educational activities make to that learning. While there is in principle a difference between ‘learning
gain’ – students’ improvements in skills and knowledge – and ‘value-added’ – the contribution of particular factors (such as the institution attended) to that improvement, the terms are often used interchangeably. While significant research has been undertaken
elsewhere in the world, and in schools education in the UK (particularly on value-added), there has to date been comparatively little attention to the issue in UK higher education. HEFCE is developing a project, in partnership with the Department of Business,
Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), to explore approaches to the measurement of learning gain through asking the following questions: •What conceptions of learning gain are in evidence in higher education, and to what purposes
are they being applied, particularly in England? •What feasible and robust mechanisms exist for assessing learning gain and what is the extent of their applicability (i.e. for what purposes and in which circumstances are they most appropriately applied) in
an English context? •Is the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) valid as a proxy measure of learning gain in a UK context?

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Not suitable for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations

Value of contract

£30000 - £50000

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Contact: Tessa Gawthorn
UK Shared Business Services Ltd.
North Star House,North Star Avenue


Estimated length of contract

5 months

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