Assessing residents' written learning goals and goal writing skill: Validity evidence for the learning goal scoring rubric

Tai M. Lockspeiser, Patricia A. Schmitter, J. Lindsey Lane, Janice L. Hanson, Adam A. Rosenberg, Yoon Soo Park

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To provide validity evidence for use of the Learning Goal Scoring Rubric to assess the quality of written learning goals and residents' goal writing skills. METHOD: This two-part study used the rubric to assess University of Colorado third-year pediatric residents' written learning goals to obtain validity evidence. In study 1, five raters independently scored 48 goals written in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 by 48 residents, who also responded to the Jefferson Scale of Physician Lifelong Learning (JeffSPLL). In study 2, two raters independently scored 48 goals written in 2011-2012 by 12 residents. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) assessed rater agreement to provide evidence for response process. Generalizability theory assessed internal structure. Independent-samples Mann-Whitney U tests and correlations assessed relationship to other variables. Content was matched to published literature and instructional methods. RESULTS: The ICC was 0.71 for the overall rubric. In study 1, where the generalizability study's (G study's) object of measurement was learning goals, the phi coefficient was 0.867. In study 2, where the G study's object of measurement was the resident (goal writing skill), the phi coefficient was 0.751. The total mean score of residents with goal writing training was significantly higher than that of those without (7.54 versus 4.98, P < .001). Correlation between goal quality and JeffSPLL score was not significant. Investigators agreed that the content matched the published literature and instructional methods. CONCLUSIONS: Preliminary validity evidence indicates that this scoring rubric can assess learning goal quality and goal writing skill.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1558-1563
Number of pages6
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume88
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

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