Selection of student-selected component [SSCs] modules across the medical undergraduate curriculum: Relationship with motivational factors

O'Tuathaigh, Colm M. P. and Duggan, Eileen and Khashan, Ali S. and Boylan, Geraldine B. and O'Flynn, Siún (2012) Selection of student-selected component [SSCs] modules across the medical undergraduate curriculum: Relationship with motivational factors. Medical Teacher, 34 (10). pp. 813-820. ISSN 0142159X

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Abstract

Student-selected components (SSCs) encourage the following within the undergraduate medical curriculum: greater exploration of core curriculum topics; exploration of non-core subjects/experiences; research and self-directed learning; and personal and professional development opportunities. This study examined the motivational factors which influence SSC choice to assess (a) SSC selection patterns across each year of the curriculum (direct and graduate entry) and (b) motivation underlying SSC selection across the curriculum. During SSC registration at University College Cork, all medical undergraduates (years 1-3, graduate-entry medicine) were required to select an SSC and provide a written justification for their selection. Five primary motivational factors were identified: correction of perceived deficits; genuine interest in subject and wish to study in more depth; career strategy; exam strategy; and taking a chance. A complex pattern of relationships emerged in relation to matching of motivational factors with SSC categories, e.g. selection of research skills SSCs was strongly associated with the 'career strategy' motivation. Significant differences were observed across curriculum years, as well as between direct-entry versus graduate-entry undergraduates, with respect to SSC selections and underlying motivation. This study provides insight into changing patterns of SSC selection in medicine, as well as accompanying motivational factors, across the undergraduate years. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Medical Teacher is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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Additional Information: O'Tuathaigh, Colm M.P. 1 Duggan, Eileen 1 Khashan, Ali S. 1 Boylan, Geraldine B. 1 O'flynn, Siún 1; Affiliation: 1: University College Cork, Ireland; Source Info: Oct2012, Vol. 34 Issue 10, p813; Subject Term: CHI-squared test; Subject Term: CONFIDENCE intervals; Subject Term: DECISION making; Subject Term: CURRICULA (Courses of study); Subject Term: EPIDEMIOLOGY; Subject Term: FISHER exact test; Subject Term: LEARNING strategies; Subject Term: MEDICAL students; Subject Term: MEDICINE -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: MOTIVATION (Psychology); Subject Term: STUDENTS -- Attitudes; Subject Term: LOGISTIC regression analysis; Subject Term: DATA analysis; Subject Term: THEMATIC analysis; Subject Term: DATA analysis -- Software; Subject Term: IRELAND; Number of Pages: 8p; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CHI-squared test; CONFIDENCE intervals; DECISION making; CURRICULA (Courses of study); EPIDEMIOLOGY; FISHER exact test; LEARNING strategies; MEDICAL students; MEDICINE -- Study & teaching; MOTIVATION (Psychology); STUDENTS -- Attitudes; LOGISTIC regression analysis; DATA analysis; THEMATIC analysis; DATA analysis -- Software; IRELAND
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 19:51
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 19:55
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3515

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