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Students’ perception of traditional teaching- learning process in Physiology. An insight to study Absenteeism in medical students

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A.B. Warkar ,

Physiology Dept. Government Medical College and General Hospital, Akola, Maharashtra, IN
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A.A. Asia

Physiology Dept. Government Medical College and General Hospital, Akola, Maharashtra, IN
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Abstract

Background: Worldwide there is a major concern on students’ absenteeism for university education. Professional course like medicine requires high attendance by students. The undergraduate medical education should produce physicians with adequate knowledge of health and disease, reasonable medical skills and a healthy attitude towards patients and their families. With this background the study is conducted to know the causes of absenteeism among students, their experiences and perceptions regarding ongoing teaching learning educational programme.

Methods: We conducted a cross sectional study using a pretested self-administered structured questionnaire to 140 first professional MBBS course students. The pre validated questionnaire was pertaining to reasons for absenteeism, teaching learning methods, process of evaluation, mainly in respect to students’ experiences and their perception. The attendance and marks were taken from available database. The data were entered and analysed by using SPSS15 software version.

Results: Students favoured interactive lectures (84%), shorter duration (70%), Self-Study, (45%) and clinical orientation (68%). They appreciated audiovisual aids (95%) applied physiology, (85%) frequent evaluation, (54%). Qualities highly rated in a teacher were teaching skills, knowledge and approachability. Absenteeism was largely attributed to tiring schedule, monotonous teaching style and priority to self-study.

Conclusion: Students preferred self-directed learning, short lectures, and use of multimedia, interactions and clinical orientation. Students as well as the teacher attribute, teaching methodologies play a role in absenteeism. Optimum utilization of teaching hours with learner oriented teaching approach and adapting newer teaching technologies may reduce the absenteeism and enhance the educational Programme effectively.

How to Cite: Warkar, A.B. and Asia, A.A., 2016. Students’ perception of traditional teaching- learning process in Physiology. An insight to study Absenteeism in medical students. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 10(2), pp.73–79. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v10i2.32
Published on 01 Dec 2016.
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