Author: Speed C Publication Year: 2012
Summary: This paper is part of an ongoing analysis of learning environments for first year medical students at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. It suggests that engaging learning environments can result in improved student learning outcomes.
Description: The importance of establishing an engaging learning environment for first year medical students cannot be underestimated. Such an environment can positively impact on the students learning and motivation and it is critical that students establish strong study habits from the commencement of their medical degree. Teaching medical students involves more than just delivering content. It also requires the teacher to analyse the physical, psychological, social, cultural and emotional climate of the learning environment. Becoming aware of the characteristics of a learning environment can lead to enhanced student/student and student/teacher interactions and result in improved student learning outcomes. This communication is part of an ongoing analysis of learning environments for first year medical students at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
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