Benefits of Formative Evaluation

Formative evaluation is analogous to coaching in that it is an on-going process of correction and reinforcement that helps shape desired performance and attitude.

Formative evaluation helps students... Formative evaluation helps preceptors...
  • evaluate their own knowledge
  • identify strengths and weaknesses
  • understand expectations
  • make continual adjustments to performance
  • evaluate and adjust their teaching
  • recognize students' progress and achievement
  • build productive working and learning relationships with learners
  • express interest in and concern for the learner

Providing formative evaluation also encourages interaction between preceptors and learners, helps to build a productive working and learning relationship between the two, and is a means for expressing interest in and concern for the progress and development of the learner.