Protocol : Exploring the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) using Institutional Ethnography

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Throughout education, whether of children or student health professionals, the universal emphasis  on accountability has opened assessment to increased scrutiny and tension. This Protocol explores  the Objective Structured Clinical Examination or OSCE, the dominant assessment tool used  throughout health profession education (HPE), to deem students “competent” in clinical and  professional skills. Its use has flourished despite concerns in the literature about its unintentional  and undesirable effects on future healthcare professionals.   Education and HPE research have been slow to introduce Institutional Ethnography (IE) to the  qualitative researcher’s toolkit. IE can offer deep insights and potential for change in complex social  challenges threatening education and HPE; this introduction and broad explanation of IE offers an  alternative framework to plan further innovative studies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Publication statusPublished - 02 Feb 2018


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