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Exploring attributes of effective teachers – student perspectives from an Indian medical school

Authors:

A. M. Ciraj,

Manipal Campus, IN
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Department of Microbiology, Melaka Manipal Medical College
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Reem Rachel Abraham ,

Manipal Campus, IN
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Department of Physiology, Melaka Manipal Medical College
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Vinod Pallath,

Manipal Campus, IN
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Department of Microbiology, Melaka Manipal Medical College
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K. Ramnarayan,

Manipal Campus, IN
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Department of Pathology, Melaka Manipal Medical College
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Asha Kamath,

Kasturba Medical College, IN
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Department of Community Medicine
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Ramachandra Kamath

Manipal University, Karnataka, IN
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Department of Public Health

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Abstract

Introduction: Attributes of an effective teacher is a passionate area of research for medical educators. Teaching at Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC), Manipal University, India, is assessed periodically as a part of the institution’s program evaluation process. The present study was undertaken to determine the highly rated attributes of a medical teacher, as felt by three batches (preclinical, para-clinical and clinical batch) of medical students at MMMC.

 

Methods: A questionnaire focusing on twelve attributes of effective teaching was developed and administered to three batches of students. Students were requested to select the five most important attributes from the questionnaire and rank them accordingly as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. The responses were analyzed using cross tabulation and percentages of the grades provided by the participants were reported for each of the batch.

 

Results: The ability of a teacher to motivate and inspire students was rated to be the best attribute of an effective teacher. Students also felt that defining objectives and clarifying concepts was an important quality that medical teachers should possess. The importance of being an effective communicator was also emphasized.

 

Discussion: The present study underpins the need for a healthy teacher-student relationship in medical schools. Communication with international students in an Indian scenario may be a challenging task, keeping in mind the diverse cultural background of students. Probing qualities that students identify with an effective teacher may help us respond to these challenges.
How to Cite: Ciraj, A.M., Abraham, R.R., Pallath, V., Ramnarayan, K., Kamath, A. and Kamath, R., 2013. Exploring attributes of effective teachers – student perspectives from an Indian medical school. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 7(1), pp.8–13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v7i1.144
Published on 30 Jun 2013.
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