Assessing self-assessment practices

A survey of U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy

James Wheeler, Sharon Mcdonough, Tracy Hagemann

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Objective This study quantifies and describes student self-assessment approaches in colleges of pharmacy across the United States. Methods Faculty members identified as assessment directors from college websites at U.S. colleges of pharmacy were electronically surveyed. Prior to distribution, feedback and question validation was sought from select assessment directors. Surveys were distributed and recorded, via Qualtrics® survey software and analyzed in Microsoft Excel®. Results Responses were received from 49 colleges of pharmacy (n = 49/134, 37% response rate). The most commonly used strategies were reflective essays (n = 44/49, 90%), portfolios (n = 40/49, 82%), student self-evaluations (n = 35/49, 71%) and questionnaires/surveys/checklists (n = 29/49, 59%). Out of 49 submitted surveys, 35 programs noted students received feedback on self-assessment. Feedback came most commonly from faculty (n = 31/35, 88%). Thirty-four programs responded regarding self-assessment integration including fifteen colleges (n = 15/34, 44%) that integrated self-assessment both into the curriculum and co-curricular activities, while 14 (n = 14/34, 41%) integrated self-assessment exclusively into the curriculum, and five (n = 5/34, 15%) used self-assessment exclusively in co-curricular activities. Discussion and conclusions Student self-assessment is a critical first step of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) process. Colleges and schools of pharmacy use a wide variety of methods to develop this skill in preparing future practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)966-971
Number of pages6
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

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Feedback
Curricula
Curriculum
Websites
Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Surveys and Questionnaires
Self-Assessment
Checklist
Software

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  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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Assessing self-assessment practices : A survey of U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy. / Wheeler, James; Mcdonough, Sharon; Hagemann, Tracy.

In: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, Vol. 9, No. 6, 01.11.2017, p. 966-971.

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