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The vignette-matching procedure: An innovative approach to assess competencies in psychology and clinical practicum

Grant


Scheme


  • Priority Projects Program

Abstract


  • This project cuts to the heart of a systemic problem that has plagued supervisors' assessments of student competencies in practicum settings: limitations inherent to the rating method. There is compelling evidence across a range of disciplines that supervisors' ratings of practicum are affected by systematic biases. A recent innovation, the vignette-matching procedure, in which supervisors match a student's performance against vignettes portraying the capabilities of different anchor-persons, has been shown to educe greatly these biases. The current project is an ambitious, multi-center study that is supported by six patner universities and an eminent team of experts across disciplines. It is designed to improve significantly assessment outcomes in psychology by developing, evaluating and comparing outcomes from standardized tools: a traditional rating scale and a catalogue of vignettes. Positive outcomes from this project will have direct and high-impact applications for health and non-health disciplines, and flow-on implications for curriculum renewal and the development of professional benchmarks.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010 - 2011

Sponsor Award Id


  • PP10-1624

Local Award Id


  • 11942

Scheme


  • Priority Projects Program

Abstract


  • This project cuts to the heart of a systemic problem that has plagued supervisors' assessments of student competencies in practicum settings: limitations inherent to the rating method. There is compelling evidence across a range of disciplines that supervisors' ratings of practicum are affected by systematic biases. A recent innovation, the vignette-matching procedure, in which supervisors match a student's performance against vignettes portraying the capabilities of different anchor-persons, has been shown to educe greatly these biases. The current project is an ambitious, multi-center study that is supported by six patner universities and an eminent team of experts across disciplines. It is designed to improve significantly assessment outcomes in psychology by developing, evaluating and comparing outcomes from standardized tools: a traditional rating scale and a catalogue of vignettes. Positive outcomes from this project will have direct and high-impact applications for health and non-health disciplines, and flow-on implications for curriculum renewal and the development of professional benchmarks.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010 - 2011

Sponsor Award Id


  • PP10-1624

Local Award Id


  • 11942