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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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CAMPO-CABAL, Gerardo. Assessment of an Evaluation System for Psychiatry Learning. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2012, vol.41, suppl.1, pp.87-103. ISSN 0034-7450.

Through the analysis of a teaching evaluation system for a Psychiatry course aimed at Medicine students, the author reviews the basic elements taken into account in a teaching assessment process. Methods: Analysis was carried out of the assessment methods used as well as of the grades obtained by the students from four groups into which the they were divided. Results: The selected assessment methods are appropriate to evaluate educational objectives; the contents are selected by means of a specification matrix; there is a high correlation coefficient between the grades obtained in previous academic periods and the ones obtained in the course, thus demonstrating the validity of the results (both considering the whole exam or just a part of it). Most of the students are on the right side of the grading curve, which means that the majority of them acquire the knowledge expected. Conclusions: The assessment system used in the Psycho-pathology course is fair, valid and reliable, specifically concerning the objective methods used, but the conceptual evaluation should be improved or, preferably, eliminated as a constituernt part of the evaluation system.

Keywords : Educational measurement; education; medical; psychiatry; higher education institutions.

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