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ERIC Number: EJ987997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Can We Build a Better Mousetrap? Improving the Measures of Practice Performance in the Field Practicum
Regehr, Glenn; Bogo, Marion; Regehr, Cheryl; Power, Roxanne
Journal of Social Work Education, v43 n2 p327-344 Spr-Sum 2007
While the move to anchored scales has been an improvement in the standardization of field performance evaluation, these tools have not been found to consistently discriminate among student performances or identify students experiencing clinical difficulties. This article presents two efforts to redress this problem. The use of a new practice-based scale incorporating field instructors' language and conceptual dimensions of practice did not improve the discrimination of student performance. An alternative evaluation system that involved matching students to a standardized set of more holistic, realistic vignettes did improve field instructors' discrimination of student performances and facilitated the identification of students experiencing clinical difficulties. Implications for field evaluation methodologies are discussed. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)