Students’ perceived predictors of an effective active learning/problem-based learning session: a pilot study

Jacob, Sabrina A., Khan, Tahir M., Pusparajah, Priyia, Velu, Saraswati S., Lee, Learn Han and Davey, Tamzyn M. (2016) Students’ perceived predictors of an effective active learning/problem-based learning session: a pilot study. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 46 1: 42-46. doi:10.1002/jppr.1150


Author Jacob, Sabrina A.
Khan, Tahir M.
Pusparajah, Priyia
Velu, Saraswati S.
Lee, Learn Han
Davey, Tamzyn M.
Title Students’ perceived predictors of an effective active learning/problem-based learning session: a pilot study
Journal name Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-937X
2055-2335
Publication date 2016-03-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jppr.1150
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 46
Issue 1
Start page 42
End page 46
Total pages 5
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Active learning (AL)/problem-based learning (PBL) has been shown to improve the reasoning, communication and team-work skills of students. However, the success of AL/PBL tends to vary depending on local context and culture. We undertook a study to assess pharmacy students' current experience, expectations and level of understanding of AL/PBL. A focus group discussion involving ten Year-4 pharmacy students was conducted in Malaysia. Three key themes emerged: expectations of the AL/PBL session, tutor characteristics and cultural issues. The students expected that the AL/PBL session should help them apply their knowledge in real-life clinical situations. They also felt that the personality of the tutor was the key to the success of AL/PBL, and that Asians were more hesitant to participate in AL/PBL sessions. AL/PBL has the potential to be effective provided the sessions are carefully planned, and tutors are well trained in the context of local culture.
Keyword Active learning
Problem-based learning
Pharmacy
Culture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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