Feedback and self-evaluation

Receiving and providing feedback on completed assignments is a key to developing and working purposefully both throughout the programme and in your career. Self-awareness and self-evaluation help you gain new knowledge and experiences that develop your skills and skills for a career.

Further reading  Feedback
Further reading  Self-evaluation

Feedback

In both professional life and during the length of the programme, feedback on completed assignments is a key to developing and working purposefully. Being able to provide feedback to another person in such a way that the recipient takes in criticism in a constructive manner is very important and is in itself an exercise in leadership and in empathy. Positive criticism that focuses on what has gone well reinforces this behaviour and should outweigh the constructive criticism. Constructive criticism in turn helps the recipient to identify areas where there is the most to gain from improvement. During the Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy, you will have an opportunity to practise both receiving feedback and providing feedback and public discussion and examination.

One tip is to start with yourself and your experience (the “I” message) when you provide feedback. Experiences can sometimes be of a more personal nature than fixed truths, and it is easier to take in criticism if you do not feel you are being accused of something. Also, remember to provide feedback on the person’s action/assignment and not on the person per se. Try also to give constructive suggestions for improvement.

For example: “I find it hard to understand the purpose of the project since it seems to consist of several sub-projects described in a single long paragraph. Is it possible to divide the paragraph, or can you clarify this with a picture or diagram?”

Instead of: “Your paragraph is completely incomprehensible. I cannot understand what you mean when you describe many different parts in a disjointed manner in a single block of text. You need to divide this up or do an illustration.”

Feedback form

Feedback forms for the various components included in PUFF support feedback:

With feedback on a written text, there are many different aspects on which you can provide feedback. The following model facilitates feedback on texts and is used, for example, by the Language Workshop.

The Text Triangle

The Text Triangle illustrates the writing process and the knowledge and skills a writer needs. The upper levels of the triangle are more comprehensive and complex, while the lower ones are more limited. The better you master the lower levels, such as questions about sentence structure or spelling, the more energy you can use for questions about structure or content. Although in practice you usually work on several levels at the same time, the Text Triangle indicates a progression from the upper to the lower levels. The upper levels need to be addressed before the lower ones for good results. Providing feedback on the upper levels is demanding but important and can lead to substantial improvements in the text.

The Text Triangle according to Torlaug Løkensgard Hoel, 2001: Skriva och samtala. Lärande genom responsgrupper.

Self-evaluation

As a licensed pharmacist or prescriptionist, you are personally responsible for fulfilling your assignments in health care and medical services in accordance with science and proven experience. The primary purpose of professional status qualification is to protect patient safety. This means that you also have a personal responsibility to stay updated within the profession after the end of your education. So it is important that registered professionals have good self-awareness and that they learn to identify their need for additional knowledge and to continuously develop their skills (see the qualitative targets). This is not unique to pharmacists; today it is expected of the modern workforce in most industries.

In the Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy you have the opportunity for continuous training in evaluating and reflecting on your knowledge and skill needs, what you have learned and what you need to develop through self-evaluations.

A few words about self-evaluations

Feedback from teachers or students or your own feedback through checklists in connection with tasks and exercises serve to stimulate you to reflect on your role as a student. Self-awareness and self-evaluation help you gain new knowledge and experiences that develop your skills and abilities for a professional career.

Take a moment and reflect on what you did in the exercise. What did you succeed in doing? How would you like to improve the next time? What will you think about the next time? How will what you have learned be of use in your professional life? Formulating this for yourself will help put you in control of your own development. Remember to be honest with yourself. Self-evaluation is for you and no one else.