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What Factors Influence General Practice Specialist Trainees’ Engagement with their E-portfolio?

Rouse, Jonathan and Green, Christopher (2018) 'What Factors Influence General Practice Specialist Trainees’ Engagement with their E-portfolio?' MedEdPublish, 7 (3). ISSN 2312-7996

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Abstract

Background: E-portfolio is the primary strategy for the development and assessment of general practice trainees. Literature indicates that trainees often resist engaging fully, undermining its validity in assessing trainee competence and performance. Aim: To identify and explore conditions influencing engagement with e-portfolio within a local training programme. Design: A constructivist grounded theory design was used to conceptualise the factors that influence trainee engagement. Method: Twelve semi-structured trainee interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed and coded. Aided by Nvivo Pro version 11, initial codes were developed, revised and raised to focused codes. Through constant comparison, diagramming and memo-writing, theoretical categories were generated. Results: Data analysis conceptualised a theory of engagement incorporating three conceptual categories: “Conceptualising the e-portfolio”, “Developing and maintaining trust” in e-portfolio and its processes and “Deciding upon investment worth”. Decisions to invest personal resources in e-portfolio engagement depended upon trainees’ appraisal of its personal worth and value. Conclusions: E-portfolio valuation was contingent upon trainees’ conceptualisation of its purpose, and the trustworthiness of the learning and assessment processes prescribed by its structure. This has implications for trainees, supervisors, and training programmes related to implementation and ownership of e-portfolio, and the credibility and transparency of its role in the assessment of professional performance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: General Practice Training; E-portfolio; Medical Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2019 08:59
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 08:59
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24421

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