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Expected qualities of a lecturer: perceptions of medical students in a remote setting

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Thilini C. Agampodi ,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Eranga S. Thalagala,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
About Eranga S.
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Sahan J. Perera,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
About Sahan J.
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Shashika Chandrarathna,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Suneth Agampodi,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Sisira Siribaddana

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Abstract

Studies on medical student perceptions of their lecturers, in a resource poor setting is scarce. Lack of basic infrastructure hampers learning. Quality lecturers can compensate this handicap to some extent. In 2009, as a new medical school located in rural Sri Lanka 220 km away from Colombo, the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences at Rajarata University had scarce human resources and lacked sufficient lecture halls, labs, and clinical space. In order to understand qualities students sought in a lecturer, 55 medical students were given a single, self-administered open-ended question, and responses were subjected to direct thematic analysis. Themes of ―Lecturer Qualities,‖ ―Lecture Preparation Procedure,‖ and ―Lecture Delivery Procedure‖ were identified, and then further divided into sub-themes, the most common of which being ―Speaking Style,‖ ―Content Design,‖ and ―Content Organization.‖ While the findings in this study closely mirrored those of similar studies, identified qualities were underpinned by implicit meaning that accurately reflects the emotional stressors among students coping with limited educational resources. Students emphasized the importance of clear communication due to language barriers and a strong desire for lecturer loyalty to their faculty and country. The examination of these real-life perceptions will not only help us better identify how to improve medical education in this medical faculty and may be useful to similar resource poor rural medical colleges around the world.
How to Cite: Agampodi, T.C., Thalagala, E.S., Perera, S.J., Chandrarathna, S., Agampodi, S. and Siribaddana, S., 2014. Expected qualities of a lecturer: perceptions of medical students in a remote setting. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 8(1), pp.31–39. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v8i1.122
Published on 23 Jun 2014.
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