Group marking and peer assessment during a group poster presentation: The experiences and views of midwifery students

Ohaja, M. and Dunlea, M. and Muldoon, K. (2013) Group marking and peer assessment during a group poster presentation: The experiences and views of midwifery students. Nurse Education in Practice, 13 (5). pp. 466-470. ISSN 14715953 (ISSN)

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Traditionally, written examination and clinical practice assessments are the main ways of deeming midwifery students fit and competent for practice. Contemporary academics in an effort to engage the students in the learning process have employed alternative teaching and assessment strategies. Among the alternative strategies are group projects after which members of the group are awarded the same grade, and peer assessment. With the purpose of informing the midwifery curricular, we utilised a qualitative descriptive approach to explore midwifery students' experiences and views on the use of group poster presentation for learning and assessment. The participants consisted of a purposive sample of 14 higher diploma midwifery students who were registered in a third level institution in Ireland. Semi-structured individual interviews were conducted following the completion of the poster presentation assessment. Permission to undertake the study was obtained from the college ethics committee. In this paper, we focus on the participants' views of group marking and peer assessment which are among the key elements that emerged in this study. While awarding a group mark was overall accepted, peer assessment proved a more contentious issue. Most of the participants found it challenging marking their friends. Reactions to group marks were very much influenced by the group dynamics. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Group mark; Group poster presentation; Midwifery education; Peer assessment; article; education; female; group process; human; Ireland; methodology; midwife; nursing education; nursing research; peer group; pregnancy; program evaluation; publication; qualitative research; teaching; verbal communication; Education, Nursing, Diploma Programs; Educational Measurement; Group Processes; Humans; Midwifery; Narration; Posters as Topic
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2015 07:46
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 19:56
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3441

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