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Potential benefits of formative assessment in general practice education

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Hilton Dixon, Dr Kathryn Ecclestone


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Effective formative assessment enhances better conceptual learning, and promotes learner autonomy and motivation. Self-assessment is essential for effective learning. Assessment processes without feedback can be potent inhibitors of learning. There is evidence of the effectiveness of formative assessment in medical education relevant to general practice. Future formative and summative assessment of GPs must reflect how effective feedback can enhance the learning process.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dixon HH, Ecclestone K

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Education for Primary Care

Year: 2003

Volume: 14

Issue: 2

Pages: 115-125

ISSN (print): 1473-9879

ISSN (electronic): 1475-990X