ERIC Number: ED347933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
An Analysis of Students Who Encounter Repeated Difficulties in a Problem-Based Medical School.
Blumberg, Phyllis; And Others
This paper presents a study that: (1) documented the course of problems for borderline students in an undergraduate medical program; (2) compared documentation by the same tutors of weaker students with good students in the same tutorial group; (3) documented which of six dimensions (knowledge, problem solving, critical appraisal, clinical skills, learning skills, and personal qualities) caused these students the most trouble; (4) documented at what stage in the program specific dimensions are particularly troublesome; (5) identified what curricular units caused these students the most difficulty; and (6) examined whether problem students have difficulty with the same dimensions repeatedly, and if so, which ones. Findings indicated that problem solving, knowledge, and clinical skills were the dimensions with which problem students encountered the most difficulty. Newness to the educational system and confusion about bases of evaluation also caused students problems. Also, the complexity of the patients seen and the broad scope of the content caused problem students more difficulties. It was found that in most cases the problem students did encounter repeated difficulties with the same dimensions. Educational recommendations are presented. Contains 20 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).