Impact of readiness assurance process and faculty feedback on individual application exercises: a model for continuous assessment in physiology

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Abstract

This study is aimed at the implementation of a continuous assessment model in physiology for a large-enrollment classroom with 250 students. The readiness assurance process (RAP) and immediate feedback elements from team-based learning (TBL) methodology were adopted to test their ability to guide students to solve applications exercises individually. Three continuous assessments in physiology (CAPs) were conducted with the RAP to include individual (iRAT) and group readiness assurance tests (gRAT). Immediate feedback was provided with faculty-student discussion (FSD), and the individual application exercises (iAE) were designed to be answered individually. Each CAP was subjected to three types of experimental manipulation in subgroups created out of 250 students. The intervention began with iRAT for all three subgroups. The sequence of iRAT, gRAT, FSD, and iAE varied between subgroups within a CAP. In a cross-over study design, each subgroup of students was subjected to all three intervention types over three CAPs. The subgroup completing iAE after RAP and FSD showed higher scores than the subgroup with RAP alone. One hundred eight-two students (82.35% response rate; 101 women and 81 men) responded to the questionnaire. The majority of students (87.4%) felt that doing iRAT and gRAT at the beginning helped them to solve iAE better. Most of the students (86.8%) responded that they received useful feedback and clarification during the discussion with the teacher after the gRAT. In conclusion, the administration of iRAT first followed by gRAT and immediate feedback from faculty seem to be beneficial to prepare students to tackle application-based exercises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-515
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Physiology Education
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology

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