Damian Castanelli

Principal supervisor

Professor Margaret Bearman (Deakin University)

Associate supervisor

Professor Elizabeth Molloy (Department of Medical Education)

Project title

How can assessment for learning meaningfully contribute to programmatic assessment?

Abstract / overview of project

This thesis explored supervisors’ and trainees’ difficulties in implementing ‘assessment for learning’. Supervisors found balancing coaching and judging roles challenging and used informal ‘shadow systems’ for decision-making rather than portfolios. Trainee use of assessments for learning was predicated on their trust in supervisors, which depended upon how benevolently supervisors exerted power in the relationship.