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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.34 supplement 1 No.1 March 2010. -

A presentation of new educational methods was organized for students and teachers of the Faculty of Medicine in Mostar in 2006. Afterwards, the teachers and the students were given a questionnaire to fill on their attitude towards actual, traditional versus new educational methods. According to the results of the questionnaire, a lot of students and the majority of teachers prefer status quo, and, moreover, only 1-3 of teachers support implementation of the new educational methods. Due to the results of this survey, implementation of new educational methods was postponed for the following two years. Since the management of the Faculty of Medicine in Mostar was well aware of the fact that new educational methods help in teaching students about fundamental principles of critical thinking, life-long learning and constructive intellectual conflicts, it was concluded that implementation of new methods should be a necessity. In this academic year 2008-2009, after discussion at the Faculty Council, a new course »Modern educational methods« has been introduced into the curriculum. As the first phase, a new transitional method named »Contradiction with Evidence Based Solution« has been introduced in the workshop session. The proposed new method is a combination of the old, traditional presentation done by a teacher, and new methods which are student-centred. Realistic expectation is that implementation of other new educational methods would be easier after introduction of this transitional method. This implementation trial should be seen as a pilot project that could be introduced to other faculties, at first to those of the University of Mostar, and afterwards to other universities in the region.

education; questionnaire

Autor: Mladen Mimica - ; Clinic for Internal Medicine, University Hospital Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina



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