Journal article

Trust, power and learning in workplace-based assessment: The trainee perspective

Damian J Castanelli, Jennifer M Weller, Elizabeth Molloy, Margaret Bearman

MEDICAL EDUCATION | WILEY | Published : 2021


For trainees to participate meaningfully in workplace-based assessment (WBA), they must have trust in their assessor. However, the trainee's dependent position complicates such trust. Understanding how power and trust influence WBAs may help us make them more effective learning opportunities. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 17 postgraduate anaesthesia trainees across Australia and New Zealand. Sensitised by notions of power, we used constructivist grounded theory methodology to examine trainees' experiences with trusting their supervisors in WBAs. In our trainee accounts, we found that supervisors held significant power to mediate access to learning opportunities and influence t..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Funding Acknowledgements

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Grant/Award Number: 17/031