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ERIC Number: EJ835790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Perspectives on Self-Directed Learning--The Importance of Attitudes and Skills
Bhat, Parineetha P.; Rajashekar, B.; Kamath, Ullas
Bioscience Education e-Journal, v10 Article c3 Dec 2007
The use of Self-Directed Learning (SDL) as a learning tool is increasing in today's educational environment, especially in medical schools. We wanted to examine whether all students are effective self directed learners and can make use of this learning tool to achieve learning objectives. Students (n = 125) of first-year medical training program were selected and for a period of 10 weeks they were exposed to two types of teaching programs i.e. SDL sessions and regular didactic lectures. Based on the total scores they obtained in the examination that followed they were divided into four groups. The results showed that the students of higher-scoring groups had scored significantly higher in SDL topics when compared with didactic lecture topics (75.28 [plus or minus] 7.85 vs. 65.56 [plus or minus] 3.93, and 67.29 [plus or minus] 9.37 vs. 57.23 [plus or minus] 4.51, respectively). In contrast the students in the lower-scoring groups did not score significantly higher in the SDL topics. This suggests that SDL may help "good" students to understand concepts and score well, but weak students may not benefit as they may be lacking the appropriate cognitive skills. SDL can be a very good method to make students to learn, but it should be adopted in a systemic manner keeping in mind heterogeneity of students with respect to skills. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India