Using fairness to reconcile tensions between coaching and assessment

Nyoli Valentine, Lambert Schuwirth

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Coaching is dedicated to supporting learners' personal and professional development to assist them reach their potential.1 In contrast, traditionally, assessment has been focused on achievement or selecting out the ‘bad apples’. From this perspective, coaching and assessment may seem as competing tensions but actually both are essential partners of each other. Coaching without assessment can be directionless, and closing the feedback loop often requires some form of assessment of whether goals have been attained. Assessment without coaching, on the other hand, means the only driver for learning is behaviourist and reductionist via grades.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-216
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Education
Issue number3
Early online date8 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • competency-based education
  • educational measurement
  • trainee


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