Self Assessment in the Clinical Environment

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INTRODUCTION
This essay will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of student self assessment in clinical environments and the importance of health professionals utilizing self assessment throughout their careers. Self assessment is the technique by which a student or professional rates and judges his or her own work thereby motivating him or her to work on improving any aspects of their work they feel may be lacking. It is an assessment technique employed in a diverse range of settings worldwide from the school room to the professional arena. One of the most common fields to employ this technique is the health professions. Lifelong learning is essential throughout the careers of health care professionals and self assessment is imperative in evaluating the professional’s knowledge and skills in a field which is constantly evolving its procedures and techniques.  

It is for these reasons that health professional teaching facilities are incorporating self assessment into the student learning process. Self assessment requires the teachers to implement instructional strategies for students to learn the self assessment techniques.. Such as initiating the self assessment process by teaching how to set and reach goals, recognizing flaws in work/skills, learning necessary research skills to know how and where to seek information to better their knowledge skills. This process needs to be taught early on in the student’s education to enable the student to develop the correct and essential skills required for reviewing their skills and knowledge which in turn provides a foundation for lifelong learning. Really good

WHAT S/A IS IE THE PROCESS
For self assessment to work effectively and for the student to actually benefit from self assessment the student needs to be brutally honest in assessing their work (REF 1) additionally a student needs to be motivated enough to then use the outcome of the process of self assessment. Self assessment process:

* Goals and Objectives
The first step in self assessment is to set a goal. The practice of goal setting helps an individual decide what they want to achieve. Having objectives gives the individual a purpose or way to achieve their set goal. Goal setting is an important element for the student to adopt in self directed learning and assessment. Students need guidance in developing learning strategies for self directed learning. Ways students can begin to learn self assessment elements, is by tutors/instructors providing rubrics and/or checklists for the student to evaluate their work. As the student becomes more experienced they can begin to evaluate themselves. Portfolios too, are another way students can develop their self assessment skills. Portfolios are a collection of the student’s work that reflects their efforts and progression. A portfolio characterizes student’s abilities, and understanding, and show that they may or may not have reached certain objectives set. (REF ) * Recognizing deficiencies;

The second step is to be able to recognize one’s own deficiencies. Developing skills to be critical of one’s own performance and recognizing if improvement is needed can be difficult. These skills need to be developed early in the education process. Students need to be able to distinguish when there is a need for improvement then be able to find the right resources to expand their knowledge and/or refine the skills needing improvement. Then the student can begin to reach the goals that they set for themselves. (rewrite this sentence it is very unclear) * Have the motivation to master new information, and techniques; Having motivation is the third but essential step in the self assessment process. Motivation can be a tough concept for students to adopt to as they may not have the desire to learn due to certain attitudes and/or beliefs. It may be easier for the working professional to have motivation as they have more responsibilities in the work place and may have...
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