The debate around measuring learning gain is gathering momentum internationally, and in the UK context is connected to the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework that is applied to higher education institutions to identify them as either bronze, silver or gold providers. In this special issue of Higher Education Pedagogies, Gossman, Powell and Neame (CELT academics), argue that before we start to apply complicated measurements of learning gain, we first need to identify the educational purpose of a particular institution as it is this that should determine the nature of the learning to be measured.
Pain, gain – mission
Abstract “We present a short conceptual framework as an opinion piece for considering learning gain based on Biesta’s three domains of educational purpose: qualification, socialisation and subjectification. We invite readers to reflect on the perspectives given in relation to different institutions mission statements around teaching and learning, and consider if the focus on developing methods for measuring learning gain is premature, given the lack of consensus regarding the nature of the learning to be measured.”