Learning Objective 1: Describe features of the simulated comprehensive exam project
Learning Objective 2: List two major findings of the project
Less often seen, however, is simulation of a non-mannequin variety. This refers to activities that mimic a reality and are designed to promote decision making and critical thinking. The teaching innovation, discussed herein, involved the simulation of a Comprehensive Writing Exam for graduate students. The aim of the project was: to simulate a comprehensive written exit examination through use of a three-hour face-to-face essay experience. Designed to early-identify and remediate poor writing competencies and/or critical thinking skills, the experience was placed in a first-year Graduate course in Advanced Practice Nurse Role Development.
Results include a range of scores from 17.85-23.45 on a 25 point scale, a mean of 20.25, a median of 18 and a mode of 17.85 (N=51). Six (6) students failed the exam on the criterion of lack of mastery of content (a score less than 9.96 on a subscale for Mastery). Other results include: 39 referrals to the writing center including 18 double- referrals for use of the Writing Center and services of a tutor, including suggested use of an English-language tutor. Implications for evaluation of student performance in subsequent courses are outlined. Projections are made relevant to building a system of remediation into the graduate program.
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