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ERIC Number: EJ987698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Evaluating the Use of Criteria for Assessing Profession-Specific Communication Skills in Pharmacy
Hyvarinen, Marja-Leena; Tanskanen, Paavo; Katajavuori, Nina; Isotalus, Pekka
Studies in Higher Education, v37 n3 p291-308 2012
One central task in higher education is to provide students with interpersonal communication competence in their profession. To achieve this, specialised training, based on an understanding of disciplinary communication practices and appropriate assessment methods, is needed. However, there is a lack of reliable assessment instruments which are designed to assess profession-specific communication skills and to strengthen students' reflective skills. This study evaluated the reliability and consistency of teacher evaluations based on developed criteria, and tested the suitability of the criteria as a tool for reflecting on one's behaviour in pharmacy. The main findings suggest that professionally tailored criteria offer a reliable framework for assessing discipline-specific communication skills and for improving students' learning. The approach and the methods used in this study could be applied in other disciplines as well, in order to promote the development of students' communication skills and reflective action, and to improve profession-specific assessment practices. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland