ERIC Number: EJ718830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 23
Trainees' Perspectives on the Assessment and Self-Assessment of Surgical Skills
Evans, A. W.; McKenna, C.; Oliver, M.
Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, v30 n2 p163-174 Apr 2005
Self-assessment is argued to be valuable educationally and is being advocated through policies for wider adoption within medical practice. However, students are often reluctant to self-assess and little research has examined the reasons for this. This study explored the perceptions of trainees and postgraduates on assessment and self-assessment of surgical skills. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews conducted with six trainees and postgraduate students in Oral Surgery. They had previously been assessed, and self-assessed themselves for the first time, while surgically removing a mandibular third molar tooth. Assessments were judged against both an objective checklist scale and a global rating scale. Eight themes were identified and trainees' comments on these themes analysed. The themes identified were assessment and stress, pressure to over- or under-score, the impact of self-assessment on learning, reflection and performance, confidence and the necessity of preparation, acceptability of the scales and criteria used, feedback, and the acceptability of self-assessment. In conclusion we need to instill in our trainees a culture whereby they feel capable of and comfortable making judgements about their own performance and giving and receiving constructive assessment from their peers.
Descriptors: Dental Schools, Rating Scales, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Medical Students, Surgery, Dentistry, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Peer Evaluation, Feedback
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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