The ESSAPP study: Enhancing Student Self-Assessment on Physiotherapy Placement.

Conal McGinley, Iseult M Wilson

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Physiotherapy students at the University of Ulster are assessed by practice educators when on placement in clinical settings, using the Student Progress Report (SPR), an assessment tool that includes 19 individual items for which a student receives a mark of between 0 and 10. To date, only educators complete the SPR.Aim: to determine the usefulness of completing the SPR as part of student self-assessment. Methods: an electronic survey was administered to year 3 students and their educators at baseline and at follow-upResults: Both students and educators agreed that the exercise clarified perceptions of ability, helped develop relevant action points, encouraged communication and discussion, should be encouraged for all students on all placements, and was a useful exercise.Conclusion: Involving students in self-assessment before the mid-way report provides students with a better understanding of the assessment criteria and how to develop their learning on clinical placement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-41
JournalPerspectives on Practice and Pedagogy
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • self-assessment
  • physiotherapy


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