Coaching issues

Barbara Griffin*

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When tests of academic and non-academic abilities are used to make selection decisions for high-stakes healthcare training programs, it has become increasingly common for applicants to use commercial coaching services to gain a competitive advantage. This chapter reviews the issues raised by the existence of the coaching industry, including the implications for the reliability and validity of test scores as well as the potential social and psychological impact. The empirical evidence, derived primarily within the context of medical student selection, is critiqued with conclusions for practice discussed. The chapter concludes with a case study detailing how one university sought to minimize the influence of coaching on selection decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelection and recruitment in the healthcare professions
Subtitle of host publicationresearch, theory and practice
EditorsFiona Patterson, Lara Zibarras
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783319949710
ISBN (Print)9783319949703
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    Griffin, B. (2018). Coaching issues. In F. Patterson, & L. Zibarras (Eds.), Selection and recruitment in the healthcare professions: research, theory and practice (pp. 223-248). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature.