Tong WC,1 Yin LC2
1Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong; and 2Business Education/Computer Network Administration, College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, United States.
The Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons has defined the goals of its training programme, and programme mangers (trainers) must develop the tools for transforming these broad statements into measurable performance standards. The effectiveness of training programme cannot be completely evaluated unless a goal clarification process is in place, and management through educational or instructional objectives may be an appropriate process for refining a programme's goals. Instructional objectives are specific, measurable, short-term, observable student behaviours, and they may also be defined as tools to ensure that long-term goals are achieved. The authors discuss a framework for the development of well-defined objectives that incorporate pedagogical principles with which to facilitate postgraduate training in orthopaedics. (Hong Kong Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery 2002;6(1):6-12)
Key Words : Clinical competence/standards; Cognition; Education measurement
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