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ERIC Number: EJ1117993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1837-6290
Selection into Medicine Using Interviews and Other Measures: Much Remains to Be Learned
Ma, Colleen; Harris, Peter; Cole, Andrew; Jones, Phil; Shulruf, Boaz
Issues in Educational Research, v26 n4 p623-634 2016
The objectives of this study were to identify the effectiveness of the panel admission interview as a selection tool for the medical program and identify improvements in the selection tools battery. Data from 1024 students, representing four cohorts of students were used in this study. Exploratory factor analysis using principal component analysis was used to identify underlying factors within the admission tools. A series of hierarchical linear regressions was employed to identify the predictability of performance in the medical program by the admission tools. Although the admission tools yielded low correlations with one another (r<0.30), correlations between interview sub-scores were high (0.435<r<0.640). All interview sub-scores loaded on to a single factor explaining over 60% of the variance. The admission tools and the interview overall scores explained less than 13.5% and 3.8% (respectively) of the variance in the key outcome measures. We concluded that each admission tool measured different attributes, and suggest that admission interview procedures and the interview questions should be assessed independently.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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