Development and trialling of a graduated descriptors tool for Australian pharmacy students

Stupans, Ieva, Owen, Susanne, McKauge, Leigh, Pont, Lisa, Ryan, Greg and Woulfe, Jim (2012) Development and trialling of a graduated descriptors tool for Australian pharmacy students. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 37 7: 829-845. doi:10.1080/02602938.2011.576311

Author Stupans, Ieva
Owen, Susanne
McKauge, Leigh
Pont, Lisa
Ryan, Greg
Woulfe, Jim
Title Development and trialling of a graduated descriptors tool for Australian pharmacy students
Journal name Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-2938
Publication date 2012-11
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02602938.2011.576311
Volume 37
Issue 7
Start page 829
End page 845
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Profession-derived competency standards are key determinants for curriculum and assessment in many professional university programmes. An Australian Learning and Teaching Council funded project used a participatory action research approach to enable the collaborative development of a graduated (or incremental) descriptors tool related to competencies, applicable to Australian pharmacy students at various stages within their university programmes. Consultations with pharmacy professional/registration organisations, students, preceptors and academics throughout Australia were undertaken. Recording of key themes of discussions and progressive development of the tool occurred. Initial trialling of the tool in pharmacy programmes at two different Australian universities has indicated that students were ambivalent regarding the tool and, for example, its usefulness for self-assessment against competencies and its role in supporting learning. Preceptors, supporting students on placements, were however very positive about the tool, its usefulness in supporting learning and in supporting discussions between preceptors and students.
Keyword Competency assessment
Experiential placements
Graduated descriptors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 26 July 2011.

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