Can Adherence to Adult Learning Principles Ensure Personal and Professional Development among Medical School Faculty? Experiences from an Indian Medical School

Abraham, Reem Rachel and Pallath, Vinod and Ciraj, AM and Ramnarayan, K and Kamath, Asha (2015) Can Adherence to Adult Learning Principles Ensure Personal and Professional Development among Medical School Faculty? Experiences from an Indian Medical School. International Journal of Current Research, 7 (7). pp. 17848-17852. ISSN 0975-833X

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Abstract

Introduction: Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC) Manipal Campus, offers Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program in a twinning mode under the auspices of Manipal University, India. In the present study, the authors attempted to determine whether faculty members at MMMC perceive adult learning principles as a pathway for professional development. We were also interested in knowing whether any correlation existed between faculty perceptions of adult learning principles and professional development at three levels; individual, interpersonal and organizational levels. Methods: A questionnaire comprising items focusing on five adult learning principles (Active Participation, Relevant Learning, Safe and non-threatening Environment, Constructive Feedback, Previous Experiences) was designed. A second questionnaire focusing on professional development at three levels was also designed. Faculty members (n =42) were asked to reflect on the practices outlined in both these questionnaires on a 5 point LIkert scale. Results: Comparison of mean values of five adult learning principles revealed a high mean value for relevant learning followed by constructive feedback, previous experiences, safe environment and active participation. Correlation analysis revealed a strong correlation between active participation and three levels of professional development and also between constructive feedback and three levels of professional development. Conclusion: The present study intends to provide a framework of professional development which is centered on a few practices based on adult learning principles. This may be helpful for medical schools that lack infrastructure and precise proposals to facilitate faculty development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional development; Adult learning; India
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Microbiology
Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Pathology
Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Physiology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 04:10
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015 04:10
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/143739

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