Lead: Dr Christine Dearnley, University of Bradford (C.A.Dearnley1@bradford.ac.uk)
The research will investigate the beliefs about knowledge and knowing and how this influences assessment in individual health care 'professions'. If each profession has fundamentally different values there will be consequences for the practice of interprofessional assessment. In addition, the research will investigate the relationship between 'becoming' a certain type of professional (e.g. nurse, midwife, radiographer) and assessment practices and processes adopted.
To identify what each profession values in terms of assessment
To investigate if there are differences within or between professions. That is, for example, between radiographers and/or differences between radiographers and physiotherapists.
To investigate the perceptions which lead to any potential similarities and differences in assessment values and practice.
Are students drawn to particular professions because of their beliefs about knowledge and knowing, or is it the profession itself that influences their beliefs?
To what extent are students beliefs about knowledge and knowing developed throughout their professional programmes?
Do professional ways of being influence beliefs about assessment and the subsequent methods of assessment adopted?
This is a case study investigation based at the School of Health Studies, University of Bradford and the Bradford Royal Infirmary
Mixed methods will include a range of pre-validated questionnaires and uni- professional focus groups with students, lecturers and assessors.