Putting It on the Table: Towards Better Cultivating Medical Student Values

Putting It on the Table: Towards Better Cultivating Medical Student Values Problem Medical teachers, like many others in higher education, need to help some students cultivate values essential to good practice. However, there is a paucity of evidence-based practical advice about how to exactly do this. While several educational methods are widely accepted as generally useful for such a purpose, specific pedagogical guidance is lacking. Teachers still need to know how to effectively develop values in the classroom. Research Aim As part of an existing curricula with teaching methods already understood to be useful, we pursued the develop- ment of specific classroom strategies to more effectively cultivate medical students’ values. Methods We undertook a year-long action research project with six experienced medical teachers. Data included group discus- sion meetings, semi-structured interviews, observations and interpersonal process recall of each teacher’s classroom practice. Results Participant teachers developed an understanding of values as highly sensitive, in the sense of their relation to an individual’s sense of self. This understanding explained, in part, the challenges teacher participants had experienced in teaching values. From this understanding, participants developed a specific discourse to help one another understand and describe effective values teaching; one of cultivation, placing in sight and of moving a student from where they http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Medical Science Educator Springer Journals

Putting It on the Table: Towards Better Cultivating Medical Student Values

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by International Association of Medical Science Educators
Subject
Education; Medical Education
eISSN
2156-8650
D.O.I.
10.1007/s40670-018-0584-8
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Abstract

Problem Medical teachers, like many others in higher education, need to help some students cultivate values essential to good practice. However, there is a paucity of evidence-based practical advice about how to exactly do this. While several educational methods are widely accepted as generally useful for such a purpose, specific pedagogical guidance is lacking. Teachers still need to know how to effectively develop values in the classroom. Research Aim As part of an existing curricula with teaching methods already understood to be useful, we pursued the develop- ment of specific classroom strategies to more effectively cultivate medical students’ values. Methods We undertook a year-long action research project with six experienced medical teachers. Data included group discus- sion meetings, semi-structured interviews, observations and interpersonal process recall of each teacher’s classroom practice. Results Participant teachers developed an understanding of values as highly sensitive, in the sense of their relation to an individual’s sense of self. This understanding explained, in part, the challenges teacher participants had experienced in teaching values. From this understanding, participants developed a specific discourse to help one another understand and describe effective values teaching; one of cultivation, placing in sight and of moving a student from where they

Journal

Medical Science EducatorSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 4, 2018

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