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American Journal of Educational Research. 2018, 6(1), 38-42
DOI: 10.12691/education-6-1-6
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Psychometric Validation of a Medical and Health Professions Course Evaluation Questionnaire

Kenneth D. Royal1, , Leigh Jay Temple2, Jennifer A. Neel3 and Laura L. Nelson1

1Department of Clinical Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

2Education Support Services, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

3Department of Population Health & Pathobiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

Pub. Date: January 11, 2018

Cite this paper:
Kenneth D. Royal, Leigh Jay Temple, Jennifer A. Neel and Laura L. Nelson. Psychometric Validation of a Medical and Health Professions Course Evaluation Questionnaire. American Journal of Educational Research. 2018; 6(1):38-42. doi: 10.12691/education-6-1-6

Abstract

Education in the medical and health professions is considerably different than education in most higher education contexts (e.g., multiple instructors, clinical focus, student cohorts, etc.). Thus, despite a mature research literature relating to course and instructor evaluations in higher education, there largely is an absence of such literature in medical and health professions education. This study sought to contribute to the medical and health professions education literature by: 1) introducing a new instrument for evaluating course effectiveness; 2) demonstrating how to conduct a state-of-the-art psychometric validation study of an instrument’s psychometric properties; and 3) providing a framework for interpreting construct validity evidence. Results of the validation study indicated a considerable amount of construct validity evidence is discernible to conclude the instrument is capable of producing valid and reliable measures of course quality and effectiveness. Other medical and health professions educators are encouraged to adopt the instrument for use at one’s own campus, and/or replicate the validation procedures on other survey instruments.

Keywords:
medical education health professions education veterinary education evaluation measurement survey validation psychometrics course evaluation

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