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The Attitudes of Medical Students towards Problem-Based Learning during the Clinical Years

Authors:

A. Treesirichod ,

Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, TH
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S. Chansakulporn,

Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, TH
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L. Phivthong-ngam,

Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, TH
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C. Kusumaphanyo,

Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, TH
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A. Sangpanich

Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, TH
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Abstract

Introduction: Multiple learning tools have been used in education during the clinical years. Problem-based learning (PBL) is one of the learning strategies that has currently been introduced into curricula. The success of PBL in the preclinical years has been reported on globally.

Objective: This study’s aim was to assess the attitudes and knowledge of the students in their clinical year of PBL.

Methods: The study was conducted among 387 clinical year medical students at the Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand. Self-administered questionnaires were used to determine the attitudes and knowledge that had resulted.

Results: The overall response rate was 76.0%. Regarding the opinion of medical students toward PBL, the majority of them agree that PBL develops their communication skills (91.4%), skills necessary for working as a team (91.0%), competence in self-directed learning (91.4%), and enhances the information inquiry skills (89.0%). The majority of the students (76.8%) indicated that they appreciated PBL although it was time consuming (48.9%) and stressful (44.8%). Regarding the comprehension of PBL, 76.5% of the medical students had the misunderstanding that PBL requires knowledge obtained from conventional lectures. In comparison to other learning tools, the students have agreed that PBL is better than conventional lectures (41.8%) and report writing (62.8%).

Conclusion: The results indicate that clinical students have positive attitudes toward PBL and that the curriculum should integrate PBL with other learning strategies.

How to Cite: Treesirichod, A., Chansakulporn, S., Phivthong-ngam, L., Kusumaphanyo, C. and Sangpanich, A., 2018. The Attitudes of Medical Students towards Problem-Based Learning during the Clinical Years. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 12(1), pp.41–46. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v12i1.41
Published on 24 Aug 2018.
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