A Consensus Model

Shifting assessment practices in dietetics tertiary education

Rachel Bacon, Jane Kellett, Janeane Dart, Cathy Knight-Agarwal, Rebecca Mete, Susan Ash, Claire Palermo

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this research was to evaluate a Consensus Model for competency-based assessment. Methods: An evaluative case study was used to allow a holistic examination of a constructivist-interpretivist programmatic model of assessment. Using a modified Delphi process, the competence of all 29 students enrolled in their final year of a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics course was assessed by a panel (with expertise in competency-based assessment; industry and academic representation) from a course e-portfolio (that included the judgements of student performance made by worksite educators) and a panel interview. Data were triangulated with assessments from a capstone internship. Qualitative descriptive studies with worksite educators (focus groups n = 4, n = 5, n = 8) and students (personal interviews n = 29) explored stakeholder experiences analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Panel consensus was achieved for all cases by the third-round and corroborated by internship outcomes. For 34% of students this differed to the ‘interpretations’ of their performance made by their worksite educator/s. Emerging qualitative themes from stakeholder data found the model: (i) supported sustainable assessment practices; (ii) shifted the power relationship between students and worksite educators and (iii) provided a fair method to assess competence. To maximise benefits, more refinement, resources and training are required. Conclusions: This research questions competency-based assessment practices based on discrete placement units and supports a constructivist–interpretivist programmatic approach where evidence across a whole course of study is considered by a panel of assessors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-430
Number of pages13
JournalNutrition and Dietetics
Volume75
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • competency-based education
  • dietetics
  • professional competence
  • programmatic assessment

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Bacon, Rachel ; Kellett, Jane ; Dart, Janeane ; Knight-Agarwal, Cathy ; Mete, Rebecca ; Ash, Susan ; Palermo, Claire. / A Consensus Model : Shifting assessment practices in dietetics tertiary education. In: Nutrition and Dietetics. 2018 ; Vol. 75, No. 4. pp. 418-430.
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A Consensus Model : Shifting assessment practices in dietetics tertiary education. / Bacon, Rachel; Kellett, Jane; Dart, Janeane; Knight-Agarwal, Cathy; Mete, Rebecca; Ash, Susan; Palermo, Claire.

In: Nutrition and Dietetics, Vol. 75, No. 4, 01.09.2018, p. 418-430.

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