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Objective structured professional assessments for trainee educational psychologists: an evaluation

Dunsmuir, S; Atkinson, C; Lang, J; Warhurst, A; Wright, S; (2017) Objective structured professional assessments for trainee educational psychologists: an evaluation. Educational Psychology in Practice , 33 (4) pp. 418-434. 10.1080/02667363.2017.1352490. Green open access

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Abstract

Objective Structured Professional Assessments (OSPAs) were developed and evaluated at three universities in the United Kingdom, to supplement supervisor assessments of trainee educational psychologists’ placement practice. 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.

Type: Article
Title: Objective structured professional assessments for trainee educational psychologists: an evaluation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02667363.2017.1352490
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/02667363.2017.1352490
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 Association of Educational Psychologists. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Assessment, educational psychology training, simulated consultations, scenarios, competencies
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1572391
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