COVID-19 and psychological assessment teaching practices – Reflections from a South African university

African Journal of Psychological Assessment

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Title COVID-19 and psychological assessment teaching practices – Reflections from a South African university
Creator Munnik, Erica Smith, Mario Adams Tucker, Leigh Human, Wilmien
Subject Psychology; Education case study; COVID-19; clinical psychology; learning and teaching; pedagogy; psychological assessment
Description The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis posed new challenges in higher education, which compounded the existing challenges. The South African higher education sector responded with plans to secure the learning and teaching mandates and bolster support services for students. An emergency remote learning and teaching plan was launched to mitigate the impact of the pandemic in the 2020 academic year. This article reports on the reflections of lecturers who were teaching psychometric assessment and supervising student psychologists on the clinical master’s programme during the pandemic. The Master’s Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of the Western Cape was the case study. The focus on the psychological assessment module was the unit of analysis. Course documents and reflective notes, generated during the adaptation of psychological assessment training, were used as the data source. Thematic analysis generated five themes, namely, (1) the importance of statutory guidelines for clinical training, (2) adapting content, (3) pedagogy and modalities, (4) management of test libraries and (5) lecturer experience. The management of changes to the module in response to the COVID-19 crisis was challenging. Lecturers had to balance competency training and assessment with revised work and adapted teaching conditions. Emergency teaching interventions took place in the framework of ethics and professional requirement, and the learning outcomes articulated within the scope of practice for clinical psychologists.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-04-07
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Case study
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajopa.v3i0.40
Source African Journal of Psychological Assessment; Vol 3 (2021); 8 pages 2617-2798 2707-1618
Language eng
Coverage — COVID-19 MPsych programme
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Munnik Erica, Leigh Adams Tucker, Wilmien Human, Mario Smith