Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, First International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Implementing Formative Assessment at the Workplace: A Retrospective Analyses
Mohd Nasri Awang Besar, Saharuddin Ahmad, Mohamad Nurman Yaman, Muhammad Arif Kamarudin, Siti Mariam Bujang

Last modified: 23-10-2018


Nurturing formative assessment at the workplace is worthwhile to explore the students’ real performance. Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX) is one of the work-based assessments that included feedback as an important element. Mini-CEX assessment was conducted at the community clinic during family medicine posting that at the Faculty of Medicine the National University of Malaysia.

This quantitative study was designed to analyses a final year medical students’ achievement in a three series of mini-CEX assessment.

This retrospective study was carried out by analysing a series of 696 mini-CEX’s scores involving 232 final year medical students performing in mini-CEX1, mini-CEX2 and mini-CEX3. The results showed that mean scores for each mini-CEXs series was 5.35 (mini-CEX1), 5.80 (mini-CEX2) and 5.79 (mini-CEX3). Further analysis showed there was a significant improvement among students in their mini-CEX 2 score (mean different=0.44). However, there was a slight deterioration in their third mini-CEX score (mean difference=-0.007) but the mean score remain higher than their first mini-CEX.

We concluded that implementing formative assessment with feedback at the workplace played a role in improving the student’s performances. Introducing a marking scheme in each rating scale and examiner training may help to improve the reliability of mini-CEX. Further research needs to examine more closely the links between student’s interpretation of the feedback and its effect to their learning.

Keywords: Formative assessment; Work-based assessment; Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise; Feedback

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/HEAd15.2015.446

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