Small Group Medical Teaching

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Small group medical teaching is challenging and rewarding.  When performed well, it allows clinicians to guide their own learning and rephrase the material in their own words. They can clarify questions with the facilitator and their peers and synthesise new concepts and slot them into their existing experience to build new linkages.


Lesson 2 – Teacher and Learner Characteristics

Complexity: Standard

Small group learning is commonly found in university and post graduate education because of its ability to better meet the needs of adult learners.  In order for the learning to…

Lesson 4 – Type 2 – Problem Based Learning

Complexity: Standard

Problem Based Learning – Solving the open-ended question Howard Barrows and colleagues formulated Problem Based learning philosophy at the Mc Master University in Hamilton Canada in the 1960s.  The Theory…

Lesson 5 – Type 3 – Enquiry Based Learning

Complexity: Standard

Enquiry Based Learning – the focus is on enquiry This teaching method appears to be a hybrid approach between the seminar which may be somewhat teacher led and Problem Based Learning (PBL)…

Lesson 6 – Summary

Complexity: Standard

Advantages of Small Group Learning Appeals to adult learners – allows the learning to be relevant, self directed, self motivated, experiential Fosters cognitive linkages and increased retention in long term…