ERIC Number: ED190010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Importance of Certain Instructional Qualities to Student Learning in the Professions.
Dunlap, Margaret R.; And Others
In an effort to make instruction more responsive to student priorities, rather than institutional or general objectives, a study was undertaken to identify those priorities. Specifically, it looked for the qualities of instruction that medical and pharmacy students consider most important in their learning. A list of 39 instructional characteristics was developed and divided randomly into two lists, which were then distributed randomly to incoming students of the 1983 class at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the senior class of the College of Pharmacy, for ranking. Responses were received from 145 students. Analysis of the survey responses shows no significant difference in attitudes in the two schools, although medical student responses were in general more homogeneous and a few salient instructional qualities were ranked very differently by the two groups. Like groups previously surveyed, these students consider clarity and organization of content and presentation to be of great importance; unlike other groups they consider instructor knowledge of lesser importance. It is suggested that this may be due to the survey instrument or to the substantial non-teacher information resources available to these professional students. Further research on this and related issues is recommended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Medical Students, Pharmaceutical Education, Program Effectiveness, Rating Scales, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Needs, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Arizona
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