Overview - University of Wollongong Teaching & Learning Journal


Self-directed and problem oriented learning are significant components of effective adult education (Knowles, 1990), yet for various reasons are difficult to foster in higher education institutions. Given the role of fear/safety issues in the adult learning process (Sappington, 1984), it is argued that the threatening nature of assessment, and indeed the forms of assessment, such as examinations and teacher designed assignments, are major contributors to this problem. The threat of assessment may be even more daunting when it involves the observation of clinical performance.