Res Dev Med Educ. 2020;9(1): 1.
doi: 10.34172/rdme.2020.001
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Short Communication

Perceiving the effectiveness of structured peer observation of teaching among anatomy postgraduate students– single institutional experience

Dinesh Kumar 1* ORCID logo, Rajasekhar S.S.S.N 1 ORCID logo, Raveendranath Veeramani 1

1 Department of Anatomy, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India


Background: Peer observation is one method of honing teaching skills by evaluating the presentation skills of others with a two-way process of improvement based on critical reflection.Structuring the process of peer observation helps identify gaps where individual students may err while teaching. The main aim of this initiative is to evaluate the quality of teaching among postgraduate students in one department using the principles of peer, near-peer, and faculty observation.

Methods: Structured peer observation of postgraduate seminars was conducted where students’teaching skills were critically commented upon by peers, near-peers, and faculty. Measurements included perceived confidence of students in the feedback process, self-appraisal of competence in selected teaching behaviours and participants’ attitude towards the process of observation using quantitative methodologies. The results were analysed using descriptive statistical methods and expressed as measures of central tendency.

Results: Overall outcomes were highly positive in terms of confidence and appraisal abilities of students in the feedback process. The attitudinal perceptions of students were also positive.

Conclusion: Using feedback from peer and near-peer evaluation, students can develop the teaching skills which will later manifest as beneficial teaching practices in long run. By repeatedly observing and then enacting teaching practices, the gap existing between the current state and the desired state of performance can be reduced.

Keywords: Structured peer observation, Feedback, Teaching skills, Postgraduate
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Submitted: 12 Jul 2019
Revision: 25 Sep 2019
Accepted: 09 Feb 2020
ePublished: 07 Mar 2020
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