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Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA)

05.10. - 08.10.2011, München

Self-assessment of clinical teachers compared to evaluation by students


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  • author Teresa Campbell - Charité - Univeristätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Jan Breckwoldt - Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Dieter Scheffner Fachzentrum, Berlin, Germany

Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA). München, 05.-08.10.2011. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2011. Doc11gma037

doi: 10.3205/11gma037, urn:nbn:de:0183-11gma0373

Veröffentlicht: 26. September 2011

© 2011 Campbell et al.
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Question: Educational psychologists claim that self-assessment is important for lifelong learning, especially for complex skills like clinical teaching [1]. This competence might improve with increasing teaching experience, but it could also be related to teaching quality. Therefore we wanted to analyse, how the self-assessment of clinical teachers is related to their teaching experience, and to their quality of teaching.

Methods: We assessed clinical teachers after a lesson of 50 min in emergency medicine, delivered to 5-6 students. At the end of the session teachers evaluated themselves by a teaching quality questionnaire and were also evaluated by their students by a questionnaire covering the same fields of competencies. Questionnaires were based on an empirically based check list for teaching quality covering 8 different fields. In respect to teaching experience, teachers were classified as: ‘novice’ (0-1 year), ‘intermediate’ (2-7 years), or ‘experienced’ (>8 years). In respect to teaching quality, teachers were divided into quartiles according to students’ evaluation questionnaire.

Result: 75 lessons were evaluated by a total of 409 students. From a total of 43 teachers, 15 were ‘novices’, 21 ‘intermediates’, and 7 ‘experienced’. The teachers generally estimated their teaching quality lower than the students did, but correlation was fairly good.

The ‘novice’, ‘intermediate’ and ‘experienced’ groups did not significantly differ in their self-assessment, but the evaluation by students showed higher ratings for teachers with less experience in all 8 studied fields.

If teachers were analysed according to their teaching quality, those who performed best (1st quartile) underestimated themselves whilst the lowest performers (4th quartile) overestimated themselves.

Conclusion: The ability for consistent self-assessment of clinical teachers was generally high. The competency was not associated with years of teaching experience but rather with the students’ assessment of teaching quality [2].


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