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Deconstructing programmatic assessment

Authors Wilkinson TJ, Tweed MJ

Received 22 November 2017

Accepted for publication 9 February 2018

Published 22 March 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 191—197

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S144449

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Majumder


Tim J Wilkinson,1 Michael J Tweed2

1Education Unit, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand; 2Education Unit, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract: We describe programmatic assessment and the problems it might solve in relation to assessment and learning, identify some models implemented internationally, and then outline what we believe are programmatic assessment’s key components and what these components might achieve. We then outline some issues around implementation, which include blueprinting, data collection, decision making, staff support, and evaluation. Rather than adopting an all-or-nothing approach, we suggest that elements of programmatic assessment can be gradually introduced into traditional assessment systems.

Keywords: assessment, implementation, medicine, decision making

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