Objective Structured Professional Assessments for Trainee Educational Psychologists: an Evaluation

Dunsmuir, S and Atkinson, C and Lang, J and Warhurst, Amy and Wright, S (2017) Objective Structured Professional Assessments for Trainee Educational Psychologists: an Evaluation. Educational Psychology in Practice, 33 (4). pp. 418-434. ISSN 0266-7363

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Abstract

Objective Structured Professional Assessments (OSPAs) were developed and evaluated at three universities in the UK, to supplement supervisor assessments of practice on placement. Participating second year students on three educational psychology doctoral programmes (n=31) and tutors (n=12) were surveyed. Scenarios, developed with experienced practitioners, were considered authentic and relevant. Tutor feedback indicated that the marking scheme was a good basis for judgements, but required further calibration and standardisation. Strengths and limitations relating to authenticity of scenarios and practical arrangements were identified. Students considered OSPAs to be a valid assessment of communication and perspective taking skills, although some found them to be anxiety provoking. Levels of authenticity and complexity were deemed appropriate, although there were concerns over time allowed and how the assessment criteria were interpreted. The discussion highlights how OSPAs address issues relating to assessment reliability by improving objectivity, reducing bias and providing uniformity to student assessment experiences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assessment; educational psychology training; simulated consultations; scenarios; competencies
Subjects: C Biological sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological sciences > C812 Educational psychology
Departments: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Amy Warhurst
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 07:43
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 17:22
URI: http://repository.winchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/708

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