Using a trait complex model to predict types of academic performance in undergraduate medical education in the UK
Semper, Heather M. (2009) Using a trait complex model to predict types of academic performance in undergraduate medical education in the UK. MPhil thesis, University of Nottingham.
There is a growing interest in determining whether factors other than cognitive ability and previous academic performance can influence academic success in medical school (Ferguson, James, & Madeley, 2002). This is due to the limited number of places available on a medical degree and the focus upon personal qualities that are expected of medical students when they graduate and become practicing physicians (Powis, Bore, Munro, & Lumsden, 2005). There are a large numbers of potential characteristics that may be useful in medical school. However, few have attempted to reduce this number into more meaningful dimensions. In addition, the academic performance literature has focussed on the psychometric properties of assessments and largely overlooked the structure of academic performance.
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