ERIC Number: EJ844841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Summative Evaluation on the Hospital Wards. What Do Faculty Say to Learners?
Hasley, Peggy B.; Arnold, Robert M.
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v14 n3 p431-439 Aug 2009
No previous studies have described how faculty give summative evaluations to learners on the medical wards. The aim of this study was to describe summative evaluations on the medical wards. Participants were students, house staff and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Ward rotation evaluative sessions were tape recorded. Feedback was characterized as to whether it was: (a) general or specific; (b) positive versus corrective; (c) elaborative or simple; and (d) for corrective feedback, if an action plan was discussed. 68 evaluation sessions were recorded. 86% of sessions included general, positive statements. On average, seven specific statements were made per feedback session: five were positive and two were corrective. 52% of comments were elaborated. In 41% of cases, the learner was given an action plan for improvement. During a summative evaluation faculty do not elaborate on the learner's behavior. This is particularly true when giving corrective feedback.
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Summative Evaluation, Hospitals, Medical Students, Medical School Faculty, Health Personnel, Audio Equipment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania