Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Do Veterinary Students See a Need for More In-Course Discussion?
    A Survey (2015)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Kasch, Cindy (WE 19)
    Haimerl, Peggy (WE 19)
    Heuwieser, Wolfgang (WE 19)
    Arlt, Sebastian (WE 19)
    Clinical Skills Lab Initiative
    Journal of veterinary medical education / Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges; 42(4) — S. 240–245
    ISSN: 0748-321x
    Pubmed: 26315213
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Rather than merely transferring information, veterinary education should stimulate and motivate students and encourage them to think. Currently in veterinary education, most curricula use the method of frontal teaching (e.g., in lectures). A student-centered critical approach to information is rarely used. Our research sought to determine if students consider in-course discussion useful and if sufficient possibilities for discussion are provided and supported by their lecturers. In December 2013 we conducted a survey of fourth-year students. Specifically, we wanted to know if students consider in-course discussion about course content useful for successful learning and if students wish to have more opportunities for discussion during class time. Finally, we wanted to identify barriers that limit the students' motivation and ability to engage in discussion of course content. In total, 105 students completed the survey. The majority of students agreed or strongly agreed that clinical topics should be discussed during class time. Frequently stated reasons were improved learning (85.7%) and the opportunity to look at topics from different perspectives (92.4%). In conclusion, we found a considerable dearth of and request for discussion within veterinary education. In light of these findings, we emphasize the need for new teaching strategies that promote independent thinking and critical questioning. We suggest the implementation of more discussion opportunities in well considered and moderated settings in veterinary teaching.