Differences in Learning Style Preferences Between Pre-clinical and Para-clinical Medical Students
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 10, Pages 4564-4569
AbstractBackground: Presently medical education in India is going through a transitional phase. There is more stress on development of student-centered medical curriculum and teaching methodology. Therefore, it is imperative to understand how the medical students perceive, process, store, and recall the information which is imparted to them. The tools used to measure learning style are based on three major sensory modalities: visual (V), aural (A) and kinaesthetic (K), collectively known as VAK. a mixed sensory modality is added to these tools known as read-write (R)
Aim: To understand any gender preferences and variations in learning style among pre and para-clinical students in a medical college.
Method: The study was conducted on 203 healthy medical students from pre and para clinical phase. The pre-validate VARK questionnaire was used. VARK scores of males and female students were calculated and compared using Student’s t test.
Result: Most students of pre and para clinical phases preferred multimodal learning style. The most preferred unimodal learning style varied in both genders.
Conclusion: The students should be divided into smaller groups according to their learning style preference or more variations in teaching should be brought out while designing instructions to cater a wider audience as per their preferred style.
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