In this episode, we had a relatively free-flowing conversation on the issues of classroom-based assessment. We wanted to get into the specifics of the essays, MCQ tests, reflections and other theory-type papers that students write as part of their curricular work. Of course, we recognise that there is no real distinction between “university” and “clinical” assessment in practice but we wanted to specifically discuss the kinds of assessment tasks that lecturers typically set for students in the classroom.
In this episode, David Nicholls from the Auckland University of Technology talks about their (relatively) new clinical practice assessment form, as well as the process of development and implementation. During the conversation, we move from the instrumental mechanics of how the form works to discussing how the deeper aspects of practice are informed by the social norms of the profession, and how these subtly influence the choices we make about clinical assessment.