Use of a group concept mapping approach to define learning outcomes for an interdisciplinary module in medicine

Stoyanov, Slavi and Spoelstra, Howard and Bennett, Deirdre and Sweeney, Catherine and Van Huffel, Sabine and Shorten, George and O’Flynn, Siun and Cantillon-Murphy, Padraig and O’Tuathaigh, Colm and Burgoyne, Louise (2013) Use of a group concept mapping approach to define learning outcomes for an interdisciplinary module in medicine. Perspectives on Medical Education, 3 (3). pp. 245-253. ISSN 2212-2761, 2212-277X

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Learning outcomes are typically developed using standard group-based consensus methods. Two main constraints with standard techniques such as the Delphi method or expert working group processes are: (1) the ability to generate a comprehensive set of outcomes and (2) the capacity to reach agreement on them. We describe the first application of Group Concept Mapping (GCM) to the development of learning outcomes for an interdisciplinary module in medicine and engineering. The biomedical design module facilitates undergraduate participation in clinician-mentored team-based projects that prepare students for a multidisciplinary work environment. GCM attempts to mitigate the weaknesses of other consensus methods by excluding pre-determined classification schemes and inter-coder discussion, and by requiring just one round of data structuring. Academic members from medicine and engineering schools at three EU higher education institutions participated in this study. Data analysis, which included multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis, identified two main categories of outcomes: technical skills (new advancement in design process with special attention to users, commercialization and standardization) and transversal skills such as working effectively in teams and creative problem solving. The study emphasizes the need to address the highest order of learning taxonomy (analysis, synthesis, problem solving, creativity) when defining learning outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Group concept mapping; Interdisciplinary learning; Medicine; Medicine/Public Health, general
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2015 19:09
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2015 16:20

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