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ERIC Number: ED243953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Clinical Electives: Factors Differentiating between Clinical Training Sites.
Biddle, W. Barry; Smith, Douglas U.
A questionnaire used in the assessment of medical school learning environments is described. Thirty-one statements drawn from the Medical School Environment Inventory, which reflected qualities desired in the clinical training environment, made up the questionnaire. The instrument was administered to fourth-year medical students at three clinical training sites. Statements were grouped into subscales representing structure, interpersonal relationships, educational climate, practicality, enthusiasm, and scientism-humanism. Comparisons were made between the elective environments at the three sites by performing univariate analyses of variance using the scale scores as dependent variables. Differentiation between clinical training sites is made possible by examining differences in student perceptions of the learning environment. It was found possible to distinguish between educational "sub-environments" within undergraduate medical education. Future research should focus on the interaction between perceptions of the learning environment and characteristics of the individual learner. The questionnaire is included. (DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).