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Published on:15th July 2014
Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, 2014; 48(3):1-5
Pharmaceutical Education | doi:10.5530/ijper.48.3.1

Evaluating students’ experience of an integrated assessment: A case study in health promotion


Authors and affiliation (s):

Natisha Dukhi*1, Sue Southwood2 and Sunitha C Srinivas3

1Faculty of Pharmacy Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

2Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching & Learning (CHERTL), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

3Associate Professor Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Abstract:

Objectives: To explore the engagement of second year pharmacy students in a South African University, in the implementation and evaluation of an integrated assignment. Methods: The integrated assignment focused on integrating the concepts of health promotion and pharmacotherapy of chronic non communicable diseases in the Anatomy and Physiology course. On completion, students engaged in a process of evaluation that focused on reflection of the assignment experience and their skills development. Results: Insights from the evaluation process revealed ways in which the assignment was educational and empowering. The students positively highlighted their ability to understand the link between various courses in Pharmacy after doing this integrated assignment, enhanced understanding of addressing chronic non communicable diseases, team building and communication skills. Conclusion: The students’ feedback highlighted that the assignment facilitated the achievement of conceptual integration, skills development and positively influenced their understanding of health promotion. The constructive engagement with the students created a space for reflection and facilitated a conducive environment for students to think freely, creatively and recognize the need for health promotion in their role as future pharmacists.

Key words: ‘Evaluation’, ‘Health promotion’, 'Integrated assessment’, ‘Pharmacy’, ‘chronic non communicable diseases.

 

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