Lessons in measuring ‘learning gain’: One size fits none

Adopting a single sector-wide measure to capture ‘learning gain’ – the university student development journey from fresher to graduate – lacks validity according to research conducted by academics at Sheffield Hallam University. Researchers in the directorate of Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research, were asked by the Office for Students to carry out an Evaluation of…

Promoting innovative research methodologies: Integrative Reviewing for exploring complex phenomena

“Integrative Reviewing for exploring complex phenomena” by Stella Jones-Devitt, Liz Austen and Helen Parkin (STEER) was recently published in Social Research Update, administered by Professor Nigel Gilbert and the University of Surrey. Social Research Update is a collection of peer reviewed articles on innovative or unusual research methodologies, spanning quantitative and qualitative paradigms.  Our methodological…