Link between self-directed learning readiness and academic performance of medical students

Vashe, Asha and Devi, Vasudha and Rao, Raghavendra and Abraham, Reem Rachel and Pallath, Vinod (2013) Link between self-directed learning readiness and academic performance of medical students. In: In 2013 IEEE International Conference in MOOC, Innovation and Technology in Education (MITE), 20-22 Dec 2013, Jaipur, India. (Submitted)

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Self-directed learning (SDL) is a potential methodology recommended in medical education to promote life-long learning.To promote self-directed learning skills and to make students life-long learners, self-directed learning sessions were conducted at Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus), Manipal University, India. Students’ knowledge in the topics was assessed in three formative assessments, namely, A1, A2 and A3, conducted during the course. This study was conducted to explore whether there is any change in students’ readiness for self-directed learning as they experience the curriculum, and also to find out whether the change is reflected in students’ academic performance in topics learnt through self-directed learning. To assess the change in self-directed learning readiness, self-directed learning readiness scale was administered to the students at the commencement and at the end of first year of MBBS course. Students’ scores in all three formative assessments were also collected. Data generated through the questionnaire were summarized using mean and standard deviation. The change in the self-directed learning readiness of the students was analysed using independent samples t-test. The performance of students in formative assessments was compared using paired t-test. The study demonstrated that students’ readiness for self-directed learning was increased as they experienced the curriculum which was reflected in their academic performance. A weak positive correlation between the assessment scores was also observed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-directed learning readiness; self-directed learning skills; formative assessment; academic performance; medical education.
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Microbiology
Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Pharmacology
Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Physiology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Physiology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2014 04:14
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2014 04:14

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