Medical Students' Attitudes toward Active Learning in Radiology

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Chalakot Dejarkom Kosa Sudhorm

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Active learning has been applied in medical schools, and a void in the literature exists regarding the attitude of all active learning methods. The objective of this study was to evaluate medical students' attitudes toward all active learning methods in radiology.Fifty nine 5th year medical students in Buddhachinaraj Medical Education Center in elective course of radiology in academic year 2016 were included in this study. They were assigned to study team based learning, case conference, topic, teaching film and ultrasound practice methods. At the end of the course, they were surveyed for their attitudes toward all active learning methods by using 11 (five rating scale) questionnaire items. TBL had the highest attitude (3.37 ± 0.82) and ultrasound practice had the lowest attitude (2.43 ± 0.84) in overall. Case conference had the highest attitude in five items because the students have to be good coordination and preparation for excellent presentation. Team-based learning (TBL) had the highest attitude in teamwork that corresponding with the objective of TBL. The students had direct benefit from teacher in teaching film, therefore they had the highest attitude in instructor feedback. While ultrasound practice had the lowest attitude in eight items due to low participation and inadequate time. All active learning methods in radiology have different advantages and disadvantages that we should mix all active learning methods to increase the benefits.

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