Problem based learning makes the grade
- By: Suneeta Kochhar
Problem based learning does not result in less knowledge of anatomy than more traditional educational approaches, say researchers from the University of Maastricht, in a study published in the journal Medical Education (2003;37:15-21).
Katinka Prince and colleagues looked at whether students' own perceived lower level of knowledge of anatomy was justified in students using problem based learnign. Altogether 424 fourth year students across eight medical schools in the Netherlands completed a questionnaire on how much knowledge they thought they had. Their actual knowledge was assessed with questions that the students were likely to encounter in clinical practice that required knowledge of anatomy.
Perceived levels of anatomy knowledge was similar among students using problem based learning and their counterparts where problem based learning is not applied. Prince comments that the fact that students perceive that their knowledge levels fall below requirements gives cause for concern.
Although the actual level of anatomy