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Type: Journal article
Title: The missing link: self-assessment and continuing professional development
Author: Redwood, C.
Winning, T.
Townsend, G.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 2010; 55(1):15-19
Publisher: Australian Dental Assn Inc
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0045-0421
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C. Redwood, T. Winning, G. Townsend
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to review current understanding of the role of self-assessment in continuing education, particularly in the health professions, and to examine how this knowledge can assist in more effective continuing education. The ongoing debate over compulsory continuing professional development (CPD) has seen a variety of approaches proposed. CPD programmes are expected to foster self-assessing and self-directed practitioners, but the common structure is reported to be largely ineffectual in modifying behaviour. If dentistry is to maintain the rights and privileges of a self-regulating profession, then it must ensure that the development and judgement of ongoing competence is meaningful. Improving practitioners’ knowledge of the how and why of effective self-assessment should improve participation in, and outcomes of, CPD. An oft-repeated observation is that the least competent are the most confident. If this is the case, then the idea that dentists should be able, or entitled, to choose the path of their continuing professional development must be open to question. We propose that development of the ability of practitioners to self-assess their ongoing requirements for CPD is essential if all stakeholders are to get the maximum return for effort.
Keywords: Continuing professional development; reflection; self-regulation; self-assessment
Rights: © 2010 Australian Dental Association
RMID: 0020095524
DOI: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2009.01177.x
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