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Assessment in Health Professions Education

1st Edition

By Steven M. Downing, Rachel Yudkowsky


344 pages

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Assessment in Health Professions Education provides comprehensive guidance for persons engaged in the teaching and testing of the health professions – medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and allied fields. Part I of the book provides a user-friendly introduction to assessment fundamentals and their theoretical underpinnings; Part II describes specific assessment methods used in the health professions, with a focus on best practices, assessment challenges, and practical guidelines for the effective implementation of successful assessment programs.

Key features:

  • Comprehensive – the first text to provide broad, single-source coverage of all aspects of assessment in the health professions.
  • Accessible – while scholarly and evidence-based, the book is geared towards health professions educators who are not measurement specialists.
  • Thematic – assessment validity is an organizing theme and provides a conceptual framework throughout the book.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface, Steven M. Downing and Rachel Yudkowsky

Chapter-Specific Acknowledgments

1 Introduction to Assessment, Steven M. Downing and Rachel Yudkowsky

2 Validity, Steven M. Downing and Thomas M. Haladyna 3 Reliability, Rick D. Axelson and Clarence D. Kreiter

4 Generalizability Theory, Clarence D. Kreiter

5 Statistics of Testing, Steven M. Downing

6 Standard Setting, Rachel Yudkowsky, Steven M. Downing, and Ara Tekian

7 Written Tests: Constructed-Response and Selected-Response Formats, Steven M. Downing

8 Observational Assessment, William C. McGaghie, John Butter, and Marsha Kaye

9 Performance Tests, Rachel Yudkowsky

10 Simulations in Assessment, William C. McGaghie and S. Bary Issenberg

11 Oral Examinations, Ara Tekian and Rachel Yudkowsky

12 Assessment Portfolios, Ara Tekian and Rachel Yudkowsky

List of Contributors


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