ERIC Number: EJ1081157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Rasch Analysis of Professional Behavior in Medical Education
Lange, R.; Verhulst, S. J.; Roberts, N. K.; Dorsey, J. K.
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v20 n5 p1179-1194 Dec 2015
The use of students' "consumer feedback" to assess faculty behavior and improve the process of medical education is a significant challenge. We used quantitative Rasch measurement to analyze pre-categorized student comments listed by 385 graduating medical students. We found that students differed little with respect to the number of comments they provided and that their comments indeed form a probabilistic Rasch hierarchy. However, different hierarchies were found across medical departments and faculty. An analysis of these interactions provides valuable, detailed, and quantitative information that can augment qualitative research approaches. In addition, we suggest how the Rasch scaling of student comments can assist researchers in the design and implementation of new faculty evaluation instruments. Finally, the interactions between student and department identified a subset of behaviors that appear to guide and possibly elicit students' comments.
Descriptors: Medical Students, College Faculty, Medical Education, Student Attitudes, Feedback (Response), Departments, Interaction, Statistical Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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