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Red, yellow and green: What does it mean? How the progress test informs and supports student progress.

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dc.contributor.author Given, Karen
dc.contributor.author Hannigan, Ailish
dc.contributor.author McGrath, Deirdre
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-21T08:18:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-21T08:18:03Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5722
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVES: Most medical schools using progress tests (PTs) provide feedback by utilizing a traffic-light system of green (satisfactory), yellow (borderline) and red (unsatisfactory) categories. There is little research assessing students' perceptions or usage of this feedback. Therefore this study proposed to determine the effectiveness of formative PTs at informing and supporting student progress.METHODS: A mixed methods study was performed, involving a retrospective analysis of a results database to establish the predictive validity of PT categories and 11 semi-structured interviews to explore students' perceptions of PT feedback in a graduate entry medical programme.RESULTS: Quantitative analysis revealed that students who always scored green performed better in their summative exams and graduated with a higher final degree than those who received a yellow or red category at least once. Qualitative analysis revealed that just over half of the interviewed students perceived the PT as having informed their progress. Most participants agreed that the current feedback is insufficient and doesn't guide their on-going learning.CONCLUSION: While this study demonstrated that the PT is a useful predictive tool for informing student progress, in its current format it's not fulfilling a truly formative role and supporting student progress sufficiently. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Medical Teacher;38 (10), pp. 1025-1032
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2016.1147533
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Medical Teacher 2016 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2016.1147533 en_US
dc.subject progress tests en_US
dc.subject medical schools en_US
dc.title Red, yellow and green: What does it mean? How the progress test informs and supports student progress. en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-04-21T08:10:27Z
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dc.identifier.doi 10.3109/0142159X.2016.1147533
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2185642
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Medical teacher
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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