Title

Student-Centred Course Evaluation in a Four-year, Problem Based Medical Programme: Issues in Collection and Management of Feedback

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2001

Publication Details

This article was originally published as:

Hendry, G. D., Cumming, R. G., Lyon, P. M., & Gordon, J. (2001). Student-centred course evaluation in a four-year, problem based medical programme: Issues in collection and management of feedback. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 26(4), 327-339. doi: 10.1080/02602930120063484

ISSN: 0260-2938

Abstract

Increasingly, evaluation is seen primarily as means of achieving quality improvement in higher education. The student-centred, open evaluation system in the medical programme at the University of Sydney has been developed with the fundamental aim of maintaining and improving programme quality. Students’ potential concerns about their learning experiences are actively sought through a variety of qualitative and quantitative collection methods. Feedback is divided into three types: individual, group and year. Methods of data collection are described for each type of feedback and issues involved in managing feedback are discussed. Frequencies are reported for categories of individual student feedback in 1998 and 1999, classified according to whether comments were positive or negative. To effectively support improvement in course quality, an evaluation system must be based on a clear educational rationale, use a variety of methods and be managed with a sensitivity to the needs of students and teachers.

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