Introduction to small group teaching in Medicine

Aim: To review the benefits and limitations of teaching students in small groups in medicine and ways of promoting student learning through active participation

Learning objective/outcomes:
By the end of this session participants should be able to: * Promote active engagement by students in small groups; * Anticipate and deal with problems relating to dynamics in small groups ; * Assess learning and evaluate teaching in small groups.

Pre-seminar work:
Please spend a few minutes reflecting on the following areas: * what you would consider to be the important dimensions of good teaching; * your experience of small group teaching, the benefits and concerns.
Be prepared to share your views with the group.
14.00 – Introduction and participant goals

14.15 – Overview of adult learning

14.30 – Benefits and limitations of small group teaching What students think: planning for success Ways of working with small groups

15.00 – Tea

15.15 – Group dynamics: dealing with problems within groups

16.00 – Assessing learning & evaluating teaching in small groups

16.15 – Summing up and final questions

16.30 – Close

Dr Catherine Swales
Dr Tim Littlewood

[Directions to the Seminar Room, Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences From the main lift lobby on level 3 in the John Radcliffe Hospital, turn toward the Academic Centre. Follow the corridor until you reach the Cairn’s Library (on your left). At the Cairn’s Library turn right and then proceed through the second door on the left labelled Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Take the stairs up to level 4A and continue down the main corridor with the Teaching Centre on your left. You will find the Seminar Room on the right just before the T junction.]