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DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-119037
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Improvement of Radiological Teaching – Effects of Focusing of Learning Targets and Increased Consideration of Learning Theory Knowledge

Article in several languages: English | deutschStefan Wirth1, York-Alexander William1, Marco Paolini1, Kathrin Wirth1, Daniel Maxien1, Maximilian Reiser1, Martin R. Fischer2
  • 1Department of Radiology,University Hospital, LMU Munich, Germany
  • 2Institute for Medical Education,University Hospital, LMU Munich, Germany
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Publication History

16 February 2017

20 July 2017

Publication Date:
20 September 2017 (eFirst)

Abstract

Purpose Based on evaluation and examination results of students, a necessity for improvement of so far purely instructor-based radiological teaching at the local institution was determined. Aim of our study was to use one out of eight seminars to exemplify adaptation of the teaching concept according to learning theory knowledge, to determine the resulting effects and to interpret them.

Materials and methods The institutional review board approved the prospective study of the seminar conversion, which was performed after the end of the winter semester 2015/2016. Didactically, this included a course split into online preparation, attendance phase and online follow-up with integration of interactive scaffolding, practice-oriented clinical teaching according to Stanford, Peyton skills transfer and extensive feedback into the attendance phase. At the beginning and at the end of each course, each student filled in identical, standardized questionnaires (n = 256 before and after conversion) using a 5-point Likert scale (1: very good; to 5: deficient) and additionally answered two randomly chosen written examination questions from a content-adapted questionnaire pool of the last five years. For statistical evaluation, the Mann-Whitney U-Test was used for evaluation data and Fisher's Exact test for exam questions.

Results Before/after conversion, the subjective total evaluation score of students was 3.22 (mean value) ± 1.51 (standard deviation) / 1.66 ± 0.78 (p < 0.001) and the objective proportion of correctly answered examination questions in the respective cohort at the beginning of the seminar 37.7/53.9 % and at the end of the seminar 55.1/84.6 % (p < 0.001).

Conclusion The conversion of the test seminar resulted in both a better evaluation of the teaching unit by the students (evaluation) and a considerably higher rate of correctly answered examination questions from past state examinations (learning success). This supports transferring the concept to comparable teaching units.

Key points

  • Radiological teaching allows integration of current learning theory concepts with reasonable effort.

  • In a test seminar this improved the evaluation results of the teaching unit by the students.

  • In addition, this also led to a higher rate of correctly answered examination questions from past state examinations.

  • This supports further steps towards excellent radiological teaching.

Citation Format

  • Wirth S, William Y, Paolini M et al. Improvement of Radiological Teaching – Effects of Focusing of Learning Targets and Increased Consideration of Learning Theory Knowledge. Fortschr Röntgenstr 2017; DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-119037