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ERIC Number: EJ822357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1055-8896
Fostering Critical Thinking Skills through a Web-Based Tutorial Programme for Final Year Medical Students--A Randomized Controlled Study
Kumta, Shekhar M.; Tsang, Pak L.; Hung, Leung K.; Cheng, Jack C. Y.
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v12 n3 p267-273 Jul 2003
Purpose: To study the performance of final year medical students, at the end of module assessments, following exposure to a web-based tutorial programme designed to facilitate critical thinking and logical reasoning. Method: Multimedia enhanced web-based tutorials based on patient oriented problems, designed to develop higher cognitive skills in students, were used as a supplement to an existing curricular programme for final year medical students attending an orthopaedic surgery rotation. We tested this intervention in a group of 163 final year medical students. Clusters of 15 students were randomly assigned either to an intervention or a control group. Students were examined for their clinical examination skills, critical thinking abilities, and specific factual knowledge based on curricular requirements. Results: Mean scores between control and intervention group were analyzed, and the intervention group outperformed the control group (Statistically Significant). Conclusion: Interactive web-based tutorial programmes can be successfully designed to develop higher cognitive skills in medical students. This results in more sound clinical decision making skills than simple noninteractive, content-rich web resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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