Short abstracts of the presentations were submitted by many of the speakers in advance of the conference. The titles of those that were submitted are underlined; to view those abstracts, click on the title.

Title: Making Assessment Relevant: The Development Of Skills Through Clinical Assessment

Lead Presenter: Christopher Smith


  1. Fiona Cartwright

Session Abstract: This session will accept the premise that Clinic can be assessed and will explore Cees Van der Vleuten's argument that assessment strategies should be valid, reliable and have educational impact. We will explore the assessment strategy being developed at Sunderland Student Law Clinic at the University of Sunderland which takes the form of a Reflective Appraisal. It aims to take a holistic approach to assessment that not only enhances learning and development but addresses a number of common concerns associated with conventional methods of clinical assessment. The sessions will encourage and promote discussion on the area of clinical assessment, focusing on how we ensure that assessment is not the object of students' time in clinic but rather a tool which facilitates progress and enables students to become lifelong learners. This paper will be presented in conjucntion with that of Carol Boothby of Northumbria University which is taking place in the same session.

Session Material:

  1. Clinic Handbook

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