Knowledge, attitude and practice of physiology teaching among medical practitioners of Northern India

Author : Rubeena Bano, Sanjay Khanna, Pratap Shankar, Dheeraj Kumar Singh, Preet Lakhani, Sachin Tutu, Rakesh Kumar Dixit

The aim of the present study is to assess knowledge, attitude and practices of physiology teaching among medical practitioners of northern India. The present study was carried out in Northern India with 264 medical practitioners included in the study. A questionnaire was designed, prevalidated by Faculty members & administered to the Medical Practitioners of Northern India. The Medical Practitioners were briefed about the questionnaire & asked to respond freely and fearlessly. They were informed that the information given by them is for the research and evaluation purpose only and will be confidential. The most likely method of teaching was small group discussion. Regarding the teaching aids 78% felt that chalk and board is most helpful for understanding the topic followed by overhead projector (14%) and Powerpoint presentations (8 %). About various teaching learning methodologies in Physiology, 46% Practitioners said quiz programmes are most enjoyable way of learning followed by tutorials (42%) where student’s seminar (12%) was least likely method of learning. Medical Practitioners were asked to give opinion about the qualities of a teacher which influence them. The most influencing quality of a teacher was a teacher who had art of teaching (46%) and ‘good knowledge’ (36%). In second place came enthusiasm (30%) and rapport and personality had the lowest ranks in most preferred qualities of teacher. Medical Practitioners are more interested in active learning. Also Medical Practitioners strongly preferred knowledgeable teacher having good skill of teaching. Most of the Medical Practitioners like chalk and board method and small group discussion. So, in our opinion, Medical Practitioner’s perception about teaching and learning methodology would be undoubtedly assist in planning the teaching programme in physiology.

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