#8: Classroom-based assessment

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.

Look out for Part II of this discussion.

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Guests on the podcast

#3: Clinical practice assessment forms

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.

Note: This episode follows a slightly different format in that it wasn’t so much planned as it was simply scheduled. Dave had mentioned that AUT had been through a process of reviewing their clinical assessment form and I (Michael) wanted to talk to him about that process. We only decided quite late that we would record it and release it as an In Beta episode, which is why we didn’t have the usual run-up and planning component.


Dalton, M., Davidson, M. & Keating, J. (2011). The Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) is a valid measure of professional competence of physiotherapy students: A cross-sectional study with Rasch analysis. Journal of Physiotherapy, 57(4), 239–245.

Dalton, M., Davidson, M. & Keating, J. L. (2012). The Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) is a reliable measure of professional competence of physiotherapy students: A reliability study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 58(1), 49–56.

O’Connor, A., McGarr, O., Cantillon, P., McCurtin, A. & Clifford, A. (2017). Clinical Performance Assessment Tools in Physiotherapy Practice Education: A Systematic Review. Physiotherapy.

Guest on the podcast

David Nicholls is an Associate Professor at the Auckland University of Technology. He is also a founding member of the Critical Physiotherapy Network (@criticalphysio) and has recently published The End of Physiotherapy (20% discount with this coupon).