Course evaluation in health education is required for internal and external quality improvement. Despite this, systematic and coordinated approaches to course evaluations that include measurement of the outcomes and impacts these programs have on developing graduate capabilities are rare.
To explore how curricula and other factors contribute to the development of health graduate capabilities.
Using contribution analysis, key stakeholders were engaged in an iterative, theory-driven evaluation. The researchers collectively developed a postulated theory-of-change. To identify factors that contribute, evidence from existing relevant documents was extracted using documentary analysis. Collated findings were presented to disciplinary focus groups of academic staff, industry representatives and graduates. The focus group discussions were used to identify any missing data and to validate the theory-of-change.
Our results highlight the complexity in teaching and learning, contributed by human, organisational and curricular factors. Advances in knowledge, skills, attitudes and graduate capabilities are nonlinear and integrated into curricula. Work integrated learning significantly contributes to knowledge consolidation and professional identity formation in health professional courses. Workplace culture and educator passion influence the quality of teaching and learning yet are rarely considered as evidence of impact.
Capturing episodic and contextual learning moments is important for describing success and reflecting for improvement. Satisfaction was the most commonly described focus of evaluation. Evidence of impact of specific course elements on future graduate capabilities was limited.
Contribution analysis may be a useful evaluation method to explore the factors that influence graduate capabilities in health-related courses.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Conference 2019 - National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 1 Jul 20194 Jul 2019


ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleANZAHPE 2019
OtherTheme: Blue Sky Thinking

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