Dr Cherie Lucas is a registered pharmacist, Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA), trained pharmacist immuniser and clinical educator with more than 18 years of academic pharmacy teaching experience from The University of Sydney (16 years) and the University of Technology Sydney (approx 3 years). She has lectured, tutored, examined students and written examination papers for both the undergraduate and Masters of Pharmacy courses at The University of Sydney. She has also mentored students and facilitated in the Intern Training Program. Her professional work includes many years as a clinical hospital pharmacist in various areas including: HIV/AIDS, haematology, respiratory, oncology, cardiology, ophthalmology, dermatology and clinical drug trials. Furthermore, attaining a Grade 2 specialist clinical pharmacist position in the area of HIV/AIDS from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. During her time as a specialist clinical pharmacist Cherie participated as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering direct pharmaceutical care to patients and providing education to medical, allied health and nursing staff. Other areas of pharmacy practice in which Cherie has been involved include: community pharmacy, industry (clinical research for national and international drug trials), broadcast pharmacy, drug information services, research and academia. Her love for university teaching led her to complete the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) at The University of Sydney.
Her extensive experience in clinical pharmacy and teaching undergraduate and Masters of pharmacy students led to her PhD research focusing on reflective practices in the areas of pharmacy practice and education. This research has led to curriculum innovations. More specifically, Cherie has pioneered the integration into an undergraduate curriculum, a novel reliable assessment strategy, namely, the RACA (Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment) to enhance students’ reflective thinking ability, counseling and decision-making skills. Also pioneered and integrated a novel collaborative teaching and learning model: RIPE (Reflective Interprofessional Education) model to enhance interprofessional collaboration with the use of high fidelity manikins in simulation labs.
Cherie’s research involves both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, with expertise in ANCOVA, ANOVA, and multiple regression procedures.
Dr Cherie Lucas currently serves on the Editorial Board: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning (CPTL), is one of 10 Editors for Pulses, Scholarly Blog and is an internationally published researcher (31 publications) with more than 19 first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored a pharmacy book chapter with international collaborators; continues collaborative published research with Cardiff Univeristy, UK; University of Toronto, Canada; Long Island University, NY, USA and has presented her research at national and international meetings including Boston, USA (2014), Prato, Italy (2015; 2017), Aberdeen, Scotland (2016), Leuven, Belgium (2018).
Cherie is currently a Lecturer in Clinical Practice and the Manager of Clinical Education and placements for the Master of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacy (International) degrees at UTS
Cherie Lucas (aka Cherie Tsingos-Lucas) has completed five Doctoral Supervision Modules: (i) Doctoral Supervision Development Program (UTS) ; (ii) HDR Supervision- Research Questions and Beginning Writing Workshop (UTS); and (iii) HDR Supervision- Collaborative, Cross-Disciplinary Supervision (UTS); (iv) Supervising International HDR Students (UTS); (v) Navigating Diversity in Doctoral Supervision (UTS); and is currently co-supervising the following PhD candidates and supervising the following research elective students:
Co-Supervision of PhD Students:
Helen Benson (UTS) (Topic: Pharmacists integrated in GP settings)
Erika F. Frey (UTS) (Topic: Social Media and Health Decisions)
Zhaleh Madhaji (University of Notre Dame, Western Australia): (Topic: Simulation and Practice)
Maryanne Pestell (University of Notre Dame, WA) (Topic: Leadership in the Nursing Profession)
Supervision of Research Elective Students:
Jeannette Le (UTS) (Topic: Reflective Practice in Clincial Environments)
Anna Groen (UTS) (Topic: GP pharmacists )
Ream Sabbah (UTS) (Topic: Interprofessional Education and Reflective Practices)
Any HDR (PhD and/or Masters by research) student who is interested in research with Cherie as an Associate Supervisor, should complete the following Formal Expression of Interest Form
SELECTED CONFERENCE AND INVITED PRESENTATIONS
1. Lucas et al. (2018). Development, Implementation and Evaluation of the RIPE Model for interprofessional collaboration utilizing high fidelity manikins. Proceedings of the ISPW International Pharmacy Conference, Leuven, Belgium, 23-26 July 2018)
2. Lucas et al. (2018) Preceptor Perceptions: Standardizing evaluation and feedback processes for experiential placements. Proceedings of the ISPW International Pharmacy Conference, Leuven, Belgium, 23-26 July 2018)
3.Tsingos-Lucas C, Aitken A, Gibson A, Buckingham Shum S. (2017). Utilisation of a Novel Online Educational Tool to Assist Pharmacy Students to Self-Critique Reflective Writing Tasks. (Teaching Innovation Poster Presentation, Proceedings of the 9th Pharmacy Education Symposium, Prato, Italy 9th-12th July 2017- Awarded the Teaching Innovation Prize)
4. Tsingos-Lucas C, Williams KA, Smith L, Lonie JM, Woulfe J.(2017). Development and Utilisation of a Structured ePortfolio to Support Attainment of Pharmacy Practice Competencies. (Educational Research Poster Presentation and Oral Snap Shot, Proceedings of the 9th Pharmacy Educational Symposium, Prato, Italy 9th-12th July 2017).
5.Tsingos-Lucas C, Bosnic-Anticevich S, Smith L. (2016). Students' and Pharmacy Educators' Perceptions of Integrating The Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment (RACA) into an Undergraduate Curriculum. (Oral presentation, The University of Sydney, Proceedings of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association (APSA) Conference, 2nd-5th Dec 2016.
6. Tsingos-Lucas C, Bosnic-Anticevich S, Schneider CR, Bartimote-Aufflick K, McEntee MF, Smith L. (2016). Inter-rater reliability using a reflective rubric to assess pharmacy students' reflective thinking. (Oral presentation, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, proceedings of the 19th ISPW Pharmacy Conference, 19th-22nd July 2016).
7. Gibson A, Aitken A, Buckingham Shum S, Knight S, Ryan P, Jarvis W, Nikolova N, Tsingos-Lucas C, Parr A, White A, Sutton A. (2016) Using Writing Analytics for Formative Feedback. (Oral presentation, University of Technology, UTS Teaching and Learning Forum, 22nd Nov 2016).
8.Tsingos-Lucas C, Bosnic-Anticevich S, Schneider CR, Bartimote-Aufflick K, McEntee MF, Smith L. (2015) The reliability of a rubric to assess reflective thinking. (Oral presentation, Higher Degree Annual Research Conference, The University of Sydney, 19th-20th Nov, 2015).
9.Tsingos C, Bosnic-Anticevich S, Schneider CR, Smith L. (2015) Development and Integration of the Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment (RACA) into an undergraduate pharmacy curriculum to enhance reflective capacity. (Abstract Accepted for publication in Pharmacy Education; International oral presentation, proceedings of the 8th Pharmacy Education Symposium, Prato Italy, 5-8 July 2015.
10.Tsingos C, Bosnic-Anticevich S, Schneider CR, Smith L. (2015) Do reflective thinking skills improve when reflective activities are integrated into an undergraduate pharmacy curriculum? A cross-over repeated measures design. (Abstract Accepted for publication in Pharmacy Education, proceedings of the 8th Pharmacy Education Symposium, Prato, Italy 5-8 July, 2015.
11.Tsingos C, Bosnic-Anticevich S, Smith L. Do pharmacy students who prefer reflective learning achieve greater academic results? (Oral Presentation, Higher Degree Annual Research Conference, University of Sydney, Old Geology Lecture Theatre, 24th Nov, 2014)
12.Tsingos C, Bosnic-Anticevich S, Smith L. Are Australian undergraduate pharmacy students reflective learners and does this contribute to greater academic success? (International Oral Presentation, proceedings of the 18th ISPW Pharmacy Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (7th August 2014)
13.Tsingos C, Bosnic-Anticevich S, Schneider C, Smith L. Implementation of the Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment (R.A.C.A.) into pharmacy curriculum to enhance reflective capacity: a pioneering assessment strategy. (Invited Oral presentation for the Institute for Teaching and Learning Research Seminar, Fischer Library, University of Sydney, 28th Oct, 2014)
14.Tsingos C, Nguyen K, Rudrawar S, Ghalayini M. Student generated examination questions in a case-based learning environment: a process to enhance student engagement, feedback and learning. (Presented at the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies forum, Fischer Library, University of Sydney, 24th Oct, 2014)
15.Tsingos C. An Experimental Crossover Design study in Pharmacy. (Presented at the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies forum, Fischer Library, Room 218, University of Sydney, 22nd August, 2014)
16.Tsingos C, Morrsion K, Nguyen K, Rudrawar S. Peer Observation of teaching in pharmacy. (Presented at the Graduate Certificate of Educational Studies forum, Carslaw, Room 354, University of Sydney. 9th May, 2014)
17.Lucas C. Do you want to swap jobs? (Proceedings of the SHPA 21st Federal Conference, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney 19th-22nd November, 1993)
18.Lucas C. Will our HIV/AIDS Budget Blow Out? (Proceedings of the 5th National Conference on AIDS, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney 11/1992)
Can supervise: YES
- Curriculum Instruction, design and assessment:pharmacy teaching and learning: reflective practice; learning styles; student engagement; innovative teaching practices; writing analytics (reflective writing)
- Reflective Practice- Interprofessional, Multidisciplinary,Transdisciplinary Education and Simulation Hospital Interdisciplinary Education
- Clinical reasoning and competency in pharmacy/health education and clinical practice
- Pharmacy Practice: Health Coaching
- Clinical Practice: Interprofessional Education: Pharmacists integrated in GP settings; Nursing students working with pharmacy students in simulation rooms; Interprofessional education with reflective practice
*Pharmacy practice - Clinical pharmacy practice *Glaucoma *HIV/AIDS *Reflective practice *Reflective Writing, Interprofessional Collaboration and Education Using Simulation Techniques, Instructor for Mental Health First Aid
Chowdhary, A, Zlotnikova, V, Lucas, C & Lonie, JM 2018, 'How do mental health first aid interventions influence patient help-seeking behaviours? A dilemma for pharmacist mental health first aid responders.', Research in social & administrative pharmacy : RSAP.View/Download from: Publisher's site
In any given year approximately 34% of the 130 million adults in the United States suffer from a mental health condition or disorder. Anxiety and depressive disorders are the most common followed by substance use disorder. Many people who suffer from a mental illness do not seek help. Studies have shown that the stigma of being perceived as having a mental illness prevents many adults from seeking help. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational program geared towards educating MHFA responders to assist those who may be experiencing a mental health condition or disorder. Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals, and many are trained in delivering MHFA. The literature on MHFA suggests that it is an effective educational program for those that take the training course. What is lacking is evidence that MHFA interventions positively affect help-seeking behaviours after an intervention has occurred between a mental health first air responder and an individual requiring MHFA. This paper highlights this issue and provides suggestions for future research.
Deslandes, R, Lucas, C, Hughes, ML & Mantzourani, E 2018, 'Development of a template to facilitate reflection among student pharmacists.', Research in social & administrative pharmacy : RSAP.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Reflective practice activities utilizing appropriate tools enhance learning during and after experiential placements. Reflective tools described in the literature, used to support students on traditional placements of a duration of at least two weeks, sit at the unstructured end of a continuum (completely unstructured to just minimal structure). Additionally, non-traditional settings in role-emerging placements are of value as an alternative for experiential education. There were no reflective tools in the literature to provide a means of supporting pharmacy students as novice reflectors in non-traditional settings.To develop one fit-for-purpose tool that students could utilize across their experiences, regardless of type or duration of experiential placement.A multi-phased approach was adopted, including a mix of methodologies: interviews, focus groups, informal feedback from stakeholders, and grading reflective accounts utilizing Mezirow's categories of reflection. A range of stakeholders were involved at each stage to ensure the reflective tool was fit-for-purpose. These included students, placement preceptors, and academic staff acting as graders of student reflective accounts.A total of 24 students participated in focus groups, 13 supervisors/preceptors engaged in interviews and informal feedback, and 853 student reflective accounts were graded, over 3 years. The final tool that has been developed and evaluated in this research supported students to develop to critical reflectors (6% - Phase 2 increased to 62.9% - Phase 3).This novel and innovative approach supports novice reflectors, encourages reflection on action and enhances professional development. It is a structured yet flexible tool, for which there was a gap in the published literature. It can be utilized in varied placements in pharmacy curricula internationally.
Lucas, C 2018, 'More than I expected: Reflections on being observed and reviewed as a pharmacy teacher.', Currents in pharmacy teaching & learning, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 803-806.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Reflection is an important skill development for teachers in order for their improvement in teaching style and practice. One of the ways in which teachers can reflect on their teaching is through peer observation and review.The article describes the process of peer observation and review by three academic teachers from three different disciplines at an Australian university. This process was utilized to assist and enhance the teaching practice of a pharmacy educator, whom has been teaching for>15 years. Using Brookfield's reflective model through the "eyes" of the four "lenses," the pharmacy educator describes what she has learned and wisdom gained through this reflective practice process.The peer observation and review process involved elements including (i) a group verbal feedback and (ii) a written report outlining some strategies that could be utilized to improve teaching practice. Both were considered valuable and the method for providing "sandwiched" feedback utilized verbal and non-verbal cues.Peer observation is a time consuming exercise that requires valuable time. However, the value that generates from such practices and the insights gained through this process far outweighs time spent. Providing feedback in a safe learning environment and "sandwiching" the positive and negative comments can be an effective process.The value of reflecting on one's teaching practice can allow teachers to develop and improve their teaching style. Universities and colleges that support this type of reflective practice are likely to generate better teachers who will engage students to enhance their learning.
Lucas, C 2018, 'The need for standardization of evaluation and feedback processes for experiential placements worldwide', Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 116-117.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Lucas, C & Mantzourani, E 2018, 'Role-Emerging placements (REPs) -An evolving alternative for student pharmacist experiential education', Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 211-212.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Lucas, C, Power, T, Hayes, C & Ferguson, C 2018, 'Development of the RIPE model (Reflective Interprofessional Education Model) to enhance interprofessional collaboration.', Research in social & administrative pharmacy : RSAP.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This paper describes a novel model to providing interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaboration (IPC) within a simulated healthcare environment, in the higher education setting. The RIPE Model (Reflective Interprofessional Education Model) was developed for the purpose of enhancing IPE and IPC, clinical judgement, and decision-making between health professional students (pharmacy and nursing students) at the patient's simulated hospital bedside. A foundation 'unfolding' case utilizing the RIPE model was piloted with first year Master of pharmacy students and postgraduate nursing students at an Australian university and included a pharmacy practitioner acting as a resident medical officer (RMO) for the purpose of the teaching module. The RIPE model rotated students through 10 stations (including 2 reflection stations) to unpack an unfolding case. The development of the RIPE model, processes, and future directions are included in this article. The RIPE Model provides the flexibility to adapt and tailor different cases and scenarios to include other health professional students to enhance educational outcomes, with the feedback of the learning to potentially improve future patient outcomes. Furthermore, the model has the potential to be tailored and utilized for the purpose of upskilling practicing pharmacists for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and changing scopes of practice.
Lucas, C, Williams, K, Tudball, J & Walpola, RL 2018, 'Community, hospital and industry preceptor perceptions of their role in experiential placements- the need for standardization of preceptor responsibilities and evaluations on students', Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018 Introduction: Appropriate evaluation processes are important in experiential placements. With the growing diversity between placements, consideration for standardization of some of these processes would be beneficial, particularly for those skills that are transferable regardless of the placement type. The objectives of this study was: (1) to explore the experiences, evaluation strategies, and feedback processes of Australian preceptor pharmacists from three primary experiential areas (community, hospital, and industry) in providing student placements; and (2) to inform the future development of the current local experiential program and future extended international experiential programs. Methods: A qualitative, exploratory study with three preceptor focus groups (community, hospital, and industry) were conducted, recorded, and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed using Bazeley's 'describe – compare – relate method for thematic analysis. Results: There were a total of 16 participants. Four themes emerged: (1) motivation and purpose of being a preceptor; (2) expectations of students and the university; (3) organizational planning and conduct of experiential placements; and (4) importance of appropriate evaluation and feedback processes to include evaluation of interpersonal skills, which were considered by all focus group members as highly desirable for future employability. Conclusions: The need for standardized processes across different experiential placements, although difficult given the diversity, is important particularly with respect to evaluation and feedback. As interpersonal attributes are transferable and desirable for all types of experiential settings including rural and international environments, standardizing the evaluation of students to include these could be beneficial and applicable for students on local experiential placements and/or cross globally on international experiential placements.
Benson, H, Lucas, C, Kmet, W, Benrimoj, SI & Williams, K 2018, 'Pharmacists in general practice: a focus on drug-related problems.', International journal of clinical pharmacy, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 566-572.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Background Team based care has been used internationally to improve the delivery of best practice primary health care. The WentWest General Practice Pharmacist Project, involving the integration of pharmacists within general practice teams, was commissioned to improve medication management of general practice patients. A particular focus of the project was the performance of medication review to allow the detection and resolution of drug related problems (DRPs). Objective The objectives of this 6-month study (October 2016-March 2017) were to: (1) identify and classify the DRPs detected as a result of pharmacist activities within a general practice primary care setting. (2) compare the number of pharmacist recommendations and GP acceptance rates as a result of pharmacist patient consultations across multiple general practice sites. Setting 15 general practice primary care sites in Western Sydney NSW Australia. A multi-centre prospective observational study conducted over a 6-month period from October 2016 to March 2017. Main outcome measure Drug-related problems (DRPs). Results Six pharmacists recorded the results from 493 patient consultations. The pharmacists identified 1124 DRPs and made 984 recommendations, of which 685 (70%) were recorded as accepted by the GP. Conclusion Pharmacists have a valuable role to play in the detection and resolution of DRP as part of the general practice team.
Lonie, JM & Tsingos-Lucas, C 2017, 'The use of Eriksonian Hypnosis to improve patient outcomes in pharmacy practice: A novel communication skill for pharmacists.', Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 1181-1183.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Motivational Interviewing, pharmacist-based health coaching and traditional patient counseling techniques all show merit in improving communication between patients and health care providers. However, in order to effectively utilize these techniques one should have the ability to draw upon internal cognitive and psychological resources. Some patients have difficulty obtaining optimal health outcomes due to an unconscious inability to learn and connect with psychological resources. When this is the case, other methods of communication may need to be considered. With the appropriate training, Eriksonian Hypnosis or the use of techniques such as hypnotic language patterns (HLP) have the potential to be implemented into pharmacy practice settings and assist those patients who have previously failed to make positive behavior changes and act upon their health issues.
Lonie, JM, Austin, Z, Nguyen, R, Gill, I & Tsingos-Lucas, C 2017, 'Pharmacist-based health coaching: A new model of pharmacist-patient care', Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 644-652.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This paper describes a provider-patient communication process, which although not new to health care in general, is new to the pharmacy profession. Health coaching is a technique that empowers patients to make lasting health behavior changes that improve overall well-being. It provides patients with health care implementation options that better suit their lifestyle and abilities. Health coaching programs have the potential to foster better health outcomes, especially with patients who are chronically ill or represent an at risk population for medication non-adherence (e.g. elderly, patients on psychotropic medications). Other health professions (e.g. nursing and medicine) have had success with the implementation of health coaching models. For example, nurse coaching is recognized by the American Nurse Association and recent statistics show 3.1 million nurses in the U.S.A are also trained in nurse coaching. The pharmacy profession has yet to tap the patient-related benefits of health coaching. This commentary will discuss (i) The theoretical foundations of health coaching (ii) Distinctions between health coaching, motivational interviewing and traditional medication therapy counseling (iii) Training necessary for health coaching; and (iv) How pharmacists can use health coaching in practice.
Lucas, C, Bosnic-Anticevich, S, Schneider, CR & Smith, L 2017, 'Using Reflective Writing: a Predictor of Academic Success in Different Assessment Formats', American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, vol. 81, no. 1, pp. 1-8.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Objectives. To investigate whether reflective-writing skills are associated with academic success.
Methods. Two hundred sixty-four students enrolled in a pharmacy practice course completed reflective
statements. Regression procedures were conducted to determine whether reflective-writing skills were
associated with academic success in different assessment formats: written, oral, and video tasks.
Results. Reflective-writing skills were found to be a predictor of academic performance in some
formats of assessment: written examination; oral assessment task and overall score for the Unit of
Study (UoS). Reflective writing skills were not found to predict academic success in the video assessment
Conclusions. Possessing good reflective-writing skills was associated with improved academic performance.
Further research is recommended investigating the impact of reflective skill development on
academic performance measures in other health education.
Keywords: reflective writing, reflection, academic performance, different formats of assessment, pharmacy
Lucas, C., Bosnic-Anticevich, S. & Smith, L. 2017, 'Students' and pharmacy educators' perceptions of integrating the Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment (RACA) into an undergraduate curriculum', Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, vol. 13(4):e28, JUL 2017.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Lonie, JM & Tsingos-Lucas, C 2016, 'Cognitive and emotional considerations for pharmacists as they deliver care in new models of pharmacy practice: New directions in social pharmacy research.', Research in social & administrative pharmacy : RSAP, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 366-367.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Tsingos-Lucas, C, Bosnia-Anticevich, S, Schneider R, C & Smith, L 2016, 'The Effect of Reflective Activities on Reflective Thinking Ability in an Undergraduate Pharmacy Curriculum', American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, vol. 80, no. 4, pp. 1-12.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Objective. To determine the effectiveness of integrating reflective practice activities into a secondyear
undergraduate pharmacy curriculum and their impact on reflective thinking ability.
Design. A cross-over design with repeated measures was employed. Newly developed reflective
modules based on real hospital and community pharmacy cases were integrated into the second-year
pharmacy practice curriculum. A novel strategy, the Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment (RACA),
was introduced to enhance self- and peer reflection.
Assessment. Student responses (n5214) to the adapted Kember et al1 Reflective Thinking Questionnaire
(RTQ) were compared before and after reflective activities were undertaken. Significant improvement
in three indicators of reflective thinking was shown after students engaged in reflective
Conclusion. Integration of reflective activities into a pharmacy curriculum increased the reflective
thinking capacity of students. Enhancing reflective thinking ability may help students make better
informed decisions and clinical judgments, thus improving future practice
Tsingos-Lucas, C, Bosnic-Anticevich, S & Smith, L 2016, 'A Retrospective Study on Students' and Teachers' Perceptions of the Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment', American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, vol. 80, no. 6, pp. 1-10.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Tsingos-Lucas, C., Bosnic-Anticevich, S. & Smith, L. 2016, 'A Retrospective Study on Students' and Teachers' Perceptions of the Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment.', Am J Pharm Educ, vol. 80, no. 6, p. 101.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Objective. To evaluate student and teacher perceptions of the utility of the Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment (RACA) in an undergraduate pharmacy curriculum at an Australian university. Methods. A mixed-method study comprising the administration of a 7-item student survey on a 6-point Likert-type scale and a 45-minute focus group/phone interview with teachers. Results. Student (n=199) and teaching staff respondents (n=3) provided their perceptions of the implementation of the new educational tool. Student responses showed significant positive correlations between self-directed learning, counseling skills, relevance to future practice, and performance in an oral examination. Seven key themes emerged from the teacher interviews. Conclusion. The study revealed both students and teachers perceive the RACA as an effective educational tool that may enhance skill development for future clinical practice.
Tsingos, C, Bosnic-Anticevich, S & Smith, L 2015, 'Does a learning style preference for processing information through reflection impact on the academic performance of a cohort of undergraduate pharmacy students?', Pharmacy Education, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 233-240.
© 2015 FIP. Background: Reflective processes have shown to improve clinical decision making skills. Furthermore, students tend to develop certain learning styles, some utilising reflective processes while others do not. Aims: To investigate the relationships between reflective and non-reflective learning styles, and academic performance of pharmacy students. Methods: Kolb's Learning Style Inventory (Kolb, 2007) and a demographic questionnaire were administered to first year undergraduates. Analysis was conducted using the statistical procedure, ANCOVA. Results: 209 completed questionnaires (response rate 91%) indicated pharmacy students have a stronger preference for the assimilator (44%) learning style. Students who preferred to process information through reflection achieved greater academic success compared to those students who did not (p<0.05). Gender was also a significant factor (p<0.05). Conclusion: This study presents evidence that suggests aspects of effective learning may involve reflection. Further research into the methods by which pharmacy students prefer to learn and their relationship with academic outcomes are recommended.
Tsingos, C, Bosnic-Anticevich, S & Smith, L 2015, 'Learning styles and approaches: Can reflective strategies encourage deep learning?', Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 492-504.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2015 Elsevier Inc. Background: Research in learning styles and learning approaches is extensive; however our understanding of the differences and misconceptions between these two important constructs is limited. Furthermore, most health disciplines have utilized research into learning styles and learning approaches to refine teaching modules or as a basis for understanding student cohorts, yet very few studies have been conducted in the discipline of pharmacy. Objective: This narrative review will discuss the misconceptions between the two constructs, the differences in their use and the important role reflection plays in both learning styles and approaches. Methods: A snowball method was utilized to locate peer-reviewed articles from the last 30 years. Results: The literature identified reflection may play a role in learning styles and approaches, which may influence academic performance. Conclusion: Understanding a cohort's learning style and approaches and the role reflection plays, particularly over time, may provide invaluable support for refining pharmacy curricula for enhanced academic performance and student learning.
Tsingos, C, Bosnic-Anticevich, S, Lonie, JM & Smith, L 2015, 'A Model for Assessing Reflective Practices in Pharmacy Education', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL EDUCATION, vol. 79, no. 8.
Tsingos, C, Bosnic-Anticevich, S & Smith, L 2014, 'Reflective practice and its implications for pharmacy education.', American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, vol. 78, no. 1, pp. 1-10.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Pharmacy students require critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to integrate theory learned in the classroom with the complexities of practice, yet many pharmacy students fall short of acquiring these skills.(1-2) Reflective practice activities encourage learning from the student's own experiences and those of others, and offer a possible solution for the integration of knowledge-based curricula with the ambiguities of practice, as well as enhance communication and collaboration within a multidisciplinary team. Although reflective practices have been embraced elsewhere in health professions education, their strengths and shortcomings need to be considered when implementing such practices into pharmacy curricula. This review provides an overview of the evolution of theories related to reflective practice, critically examines the use of reflective tools (such as portfolios and blogs), and discusses the implications of implementing reflective practices in pharmacy education.
Tsingos, C 2013, 'Reflective practice: Learning from experience', Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 249-250.
Tsingos, C. 2013, 'Learning styles: Should they be considered?', Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, vol. 43, no. 4, p. 334.
Lucas, C, Janke, K, Harpe, S & Zavod, R 2018, 'I need to tell my story ! New publication options for educational scholarship', 12th International Lifelong learning in Pharmacy Conference, Pharmacy Education, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Mantzourani, E, Lucas, C, Hughes, L & Deslandes, R 2018, 'A reflective tool to enable student personal development during and after experiential placement', Pharmacy Education, 12th International Lifelong Learning Conference in pharmacy, Taylor & Francis, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Gibson, A, Shum, SB, Aitken, A, Tsingos-Lucas, C, Sándor, Á & Knight, S 2017, 'Reflective writing analytics for actionable feedback', Proceedings of the Seventh International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference, International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference, ACM, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, pp. 153-162.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2017 ACM. Reflective writing can provide a powerful way for students to integrate professional experience and academic learning. However, writing reflectively requires high quality actionable feedback, which is time-consuming to provide at scale. This paper reports progress on the design, implementation, and validation of a Reflective Writing Analytics platform to provide actionable feedback within a tertiary authentic assessment context. The contributions are: (1) a new conceptual framework for reflective writing; (2) a computational approach to modelling reflective writing, deriving analytics, and providing feedback; (3) the pedagogical and user experience rationale for platform design decisions; and (4) a pilot in a student learning context, with preliminary data on educator and student acceptance, and the extent to which we can evidence that the software provided actionable feedback for reflective writing.
Lucas, C, Bosnic-Anticevich, S, Schneider, CR, Bartimote-Aufflick, K, McEntee, M & Smith, L 2017, 'Inter-rater reliability of a reflective rubric to assess pharmacy students' reflective thinking.', Currents in pharmacy teaching & learning, pp. 989-995.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Many health education programs aspire to foster reflective practices to enhance the reflective thinking of students during their study years and throughout their professional careers. Given the increasing attention paid to incorporating reflective practice activities into health education and evidence attributed to rater variability, it is important for educators to carefully consider the assessment criteria and reliability of assessment tools. A reflective rubric was developed to assess pharmacy students' levels of reflection from a reflective writing task. This study investigates the inter-rater reliability (IRR) of a rubric as a tool to assess the levels of reflective thinking apparent in students' written statements.The research involved four raters from different disciplines utilizing a rubric to assess a random sample of the same forty-three reflective statements from a cohort of two hundred and sixty-four students. The IRR was measured using the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC), using a two-way random effects model (ANOVA) with absolute agreement, to determine reliability of the assessment tool among the raters.Results showed measures between the raters for (i) overall reflective statement scores, and (ii) average scores for stages of reflection with an "almost perfect" agreement, ICC = 0.81 (95% CI 0.61-0.90), (F(42, 126) = 7.83, p < 0.01); and ICC = 0.89 (95% CI 0.83-0.93), (F(42, 840) = 12.49, p < 0.01) respectively.The proposed rubric utilized by four raters showed high agreement with each other's scores, and is a tool for academic assessment of pharmacy students' reflective thinking processes.
Benson, H, Lucas, C, Benrimoj, S & Williams, KA 2017, 'Integrating Pharmacists in General Practice: Drug Related Problems in the Patient Centred Medical Home', Pharmaceutical Society of Australia National Conference (PSA17), Sydney.
Tsingos, C., Bosnic-Anticevich, S., Schneider, C.R. & Smith, L. 2015, 'Development and Integration of the Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment (RACA) into an undergrdauate pharmacy curriculum to enhance reflective capacity', 8th Pharmacy Education Symposium, Pharmacy Education, Prato, Italy.
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