eCite Digital Repository

Reflective critique and collaborative practice in evaluation: Promoting change in medical education


Spratt, CF and Walls, JT, Reflective critique and collaborative practice in evaluation: Promoting change in medical education, Medical Teacher, 25, (1) pp. 82-88. ISSN 0142-159X (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/0142159021000061477


The School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania has recently begun to implement a process of curriculum evaluation, which aims to reflect contemporary best practice in evaluation in tertiary pedagogy and medical education. Best practice must accommodate a broadening interest in cooperative and collaborative evaluation strategies among stakeholders, advances in applied qualitative educational research and recognition that critical reflection on practice is the cornerstone of professional education. This paper reports a recent evaluation strategy in a specific year-long unit in the second year of a six-year undergraduate medical degree. The paper begins by presenting the context; it then discussesand rationalises the evaluation strategy and presents findings. The paper concludes by arguing that curriculum evaluation as best practice must be reflective, informed by the scholarship of medical education, and internalized as a dynamic process that can promote sustainable change and improvement in medical curricula. Such an approach will contribute to an undergraduate medical curriculum that prepares students for the demands and complexities of medical Practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Spratt, CF (Dr Christine Spratt)
UTAS Author:Walls, JT (Professor Justin Walls)
ID Code:34403
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2005-08-29
Last Modified:2010-06-18

Repository Staff Only: item control page