Assessment of student competency in a simulated speech-language pathology clinical placement

Hill, Anne E., Davidson, Bronwyn J., McAllister, Sue, Wright, Judith and Theodoros, Deborah G. (2014) Assessment of student competency in a simulated speech-language pathology clinical placement. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16 5: 464-475. doi:10.3109/17549507.2013.809603

Author Hill, Anne E.
Davidson, Bronwyn J.
McAllister, Sue
Wright, Judith
Theodoros, Deborah G.
Title Assessment of student competency in a simulated speech-language pathology clinical placement
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9507
Publication date 2014-10-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17549507.2013.809603
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 5
Start page 464
End page 475
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Clinical education programs in speech-language pathology enable the transition of students’ knowledge and skills from the classroom to the workplace. Simulated clinical learning experiences provide an opportunity to address the competency development of novice students. This study reports on the validation of an assessment tool designed to evaluate speech-language pathology students’ performance in a simulated clinical placement. The Assessment of Foundation Clinical Skills (AFCS) was designed to link to concepts and content of COMPASS®: Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology, a validated assessment of performance in the workplace. It incorporates units and elements of competency relevant to the placement. The validity of the AFCS was statistically investigated using Rasch analysis. Participants were 18 clinical educators and 130 speech-language pathology students undertaking the placement. Preliminary results support the validity of the AFCS as an assessment of foundation clinical skills of students in this simulated clinical placement. All units of competency and the majority of elements were relevant and representative of these skills. The use of a visual analogue scale which included a pre-Novice level to rate students’ performance on units of competency was supported. This research provides guidance for development of quality assessments of performance in simulated placements.
Keyword Clinical education
Speech-language pathology
Simulated learning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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