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An Evaluation of the First Year of an Enquiry-based Learning Midwifery Curriculum

Snow, S. and Torney, Laura (2015) An Evaluation of the First Year of an Enquiry-based Learning Midwifery Curriculum. British Journal of Midwifery, 23 (12). pp. 894-900. ISSN Print: 0969-4900 Online: 2052-4307

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Enquiry-based learning (EBL) is an approach to education that generally involves students working in groups, forming their own questions and solving scenarios formulated from an initial ‘trigger’ presented by tutors. EBL entails specific demands but is believed to effectively apply theory to practice and enhance deep learning. In 2012, the midwifery programme at the University of Worcester was reapproved to run as an EBL curriculum. The research summarised here is an evaluation of students' perceptions and experiences of the first year of the new curriculum. A mixed-methods design was employed, using questionnaires and interviews. The students were most likely to perceive the benefits of EBL as increasing critical thinking (73%), problem-solving (68%), and leadership skills (66%). Concerns were voiced about the teaching of anatomy and physiology, and consistency of approach among tutors. All the students stated that their perceptions of EBL and its outcomes became increasingly positive over time. This evaluation suggests that EBL has potential to enhance the key skills of students who will be required to practise within increasingly complex maternity services. Further research is needed to explore the views of mentors as key stakeholders in midwifery education.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Enquiry-Based Learning, midwifery education, students, research evaluation
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Laura Torney
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2019 15:15
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:31

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