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Differential preference for teaching methods among superficial and deep learners in a medical school in Malaysia

Authors:

Latha Rajendra Kumar ,

Yenepoya Medical College,Mangalore, IN
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Professor and Head of Department of Physiology
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K. R. Sethuraman

IN
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Abstract

Introduction: Learning approach by students may be by superficial learning or by deep learning where there is critical analysis of ideas. AIMST University follows hybrid curriculum with lectures, problem based learning (PBL), clinical bed side teaching and a structured clinical skill laboratory.

 

Design: Cross-sectional study

 

Participants: A total of 463 students (417 medical students and 46 dental students).

 

Main outcome measures: Learning approach (surface and deep learning style), preferred study habits, academic achievement.

 

Results: Positive correlation between deep approach learner and assessment and negative correlation between superficial approach learner and assessment was revealed.

 

Discussion: The deep approach learners preferred the PBL sessions and cited reasons they had the ability to gain more knowledge through self- directed learning.

 

Conclusion: Students should be motivated towards deep approach learning in order to enhance learning processes and for achieving greater academic success.
How to Cite: Kumar, L.R. and Sethuraman, K.R., 2013. Differential preference for teaching methods among superficial and deep learners in a medical school in Malaysia. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 7(1), pp.2–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v7i1.143
Published on 30 Jun 2013.
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