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Med Teach. 2017 May 19:1-5. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1324948. [Epub ahead of print]

Students' motivation toward feedback-seeking in the clinical workplace.

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a Quality Improvement in Veterinary Education , Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University , Utrecht , The Netherlands.
b Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals , Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University , Utrecht , The Netherlands.
c Department of Educational Development and Research, Faculty of Health , Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University , Maastricht , The Netherlands.


In medical education, students are increasingly regarded as active seekers of feedback rather than passive recipients. Previous research showed that in the intentions of students to seek feedback, a learning and performance goal can be distinguished. In this study, we investigated the intentions (defined as level and orientation of motivation) of different performing students (low, average, and high performing students) to seek feedback in the clinical workplace using Self-Determination Theory. We conducted a quantitative study with students in their clinical clerkships and grouped them based on their performance. The level of motivation was measured by the number of Mini-CEXs each student collected. The orientation of motivation was measured by conducting the Academic Self-Regulation Questionnaire. We found that high performing students were more motivated and demonstrated higher self-determination compared to low performing students.

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