Formative evaluation of a course on the conduct of clinical research for healthcare professionals

Lockyer, Marilyn (2009) Formative evaluation of a course on the conduct of clinical research for healthcare professionals. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This master thesis describes the formative evaluation of a clinical research management course for healthcare professionals at the King Faisal Heart Institute (KFHI) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Both the instruction and formative evaluation itself were conducted between November 2007 and May 2008. Sixty learning objectives were set and sequenced based on a needs assessment of KFHI staff (n= 102). -- The formative evaluation plan was developed in accordance with the published method developed by Dick, Carey and Carey (2005). As a research method, formative evaluation does not purport to assess student learning. Rather its central purpose is to investigate the adequacy of the instructional materials for learning and make suggestions for revision. During the design review stage of this formative evaluation, four design reviewers conducted independent reviews of the instructional materials. During the expert review stage, three reviewers evaluated the methods of instruction and instructional materials, the pre- and post-tests questions, as well as the content, language, and grammar. In the one-to-one review stage, three reviewers evaluated the instruction and instructional material for clarity and impact on learner attitude and achievement. Finally, during the small-group stage of the formative evaluation plan, the evaluator tried out the instruction and instructional materials with 31 learners. The evaluator examined for the effects caused by the changes made in the one-to-one review and identified remaining learning problems. -- The results from the research were used to make changes in the instructional materials for the Clinical Research Management Course.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 8820
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 79-87)
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2009
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Saudi Arabia--Riyadh
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Health care teams--Training of--Saudi Arabia--Riyadh; Medical education--Saudi Arabia--Riyadh--Evaluation; Medical research personnel--Training of--Saudi Arabia--Riyadh

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