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Community of learners: charting learning in first year graduate entry medical students during problem-based learning (PBL) study,

ORSMOND, Paul and ZVAUYA, R (2014) Community of learners: charting learning in first year graduate entry medical students during problem-based learning (PBL) study,. Advances in Health Science Education, 20. pp. 479-497. ISSN 1573-1677

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This study considers social learning practices within and outside the overt curriculum. A thematic approach was used to analyse data from six focus group interviews with 11 graduate entry medical students from a UK university over a year of study. The results indicate that: (1) during their first year of study students form a community of learning practice, (2) this community of practice influences learning inside and outside the overt curriculum, (3) there is a changing community profile over the year of practice, (4) the students’ engagement in problem-based learning (PBL) as part of their overt curriculum strongly influences the development of a community of practice and hence learning both inside and outside the overt curriculum. Findings are discussed in terms of Wenger’s community of practice framework, the role of distributed cognition and social learning. It is concluded that PBL is an effective approach for academics to enrich students’ social learning practices.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Education
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 14:13
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 08:40
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3570

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