Problem based learning in midwifery - the students' perspective

Rowan, Cathy, Beake, Sarah and McCourt, Christine (2008) Problem based learning in midwifery - the students' perspective. Nurse Education Today, 28 (1). pp. 93-99. ISSN 0260-6917

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Problem based learning (PBL) has been adopted in many settings for the education of health professionals. It has generally been evaluated well by students although much of the literature comes from medical education. The aim of this study was to ascertain the views of student midwives at the beginning and at the end of their programme and three months after graduation about the use of a PBL based programme in midwifery.

Eight focus groups were conducted with students whilst undertaking a PBL programme from both a shortened and three year programme across two sites. A questionnaire was sent 3 months after graduation to midwives who had completed the programme.

Key themes which emerged from this study were that although students gained skills in information retrieval and critique some did not always feel well prepared for practice. The focus on individual presentations in the tutorial tended to be interpreted as performance rather than discussion in a spirit of enquiry. Students reported being particularly anxious at the beginning of their programme about their learning. They felt that their experience was dependent upon the participation and motivation of the group members.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1016/j.nedt.2007.02.014
Keywords: Problem based learning; Enquiry based learning; Midwifery education; Student midwives
Subjects: Medicine and health > Midwifery
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 15:00
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:39

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