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A Mixed-Methods Case Study in One School: Do High Academic Scores Make a Good Physician?

By: Sara Katz Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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Recent data have found out that often universities admit the wrong applicants. Eliciting non-cognitive attributes of medical school applicants using new methods has thus become a major challenge. We chose a group of 299 applicants aged 18−25 years. A set of six research tools was developed in addition to the two existing ones. The applicants gave written informed consent to participate in the study. Privacy was protected. The criteria-based methodology design used constant comparative analysis and grounded theory techniques to produce a personal attributes profile per participant, scored on a 5-point scale holistic rubric. Data from the portfolio came from other sources as well. This triangulation was used to ensure data collection validity. Data analysis was ensured by using member check when most applicants agreed ...

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