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Unit information: Evidence Based Teaching in 2015/16

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Unit name Evidence Based Teaching
Unit code MEEDM0007
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Atkinson
Open unit status Not open

Core Unit 1: Teaching, Learning and Assessing in the Health Professions.



School/department Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Aims: This unit will look in detail at evidence based teaching and learning methods.

It will also incorporate elements of the programme’s three vertical themes:

  • learning technology in teaching and learning
  • evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching and of courses
  • respect for equality and diversity

Description: This unit focuses on evidence based approaches to teaching and learning. We will explore the research base for healthcare education, encouraging you to identify journals and research relevant to your own specialty. We will develop critical reading approaches to research and identify implications for teaching practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, learners should be able to:

1. Developed skills in sourcing and critiquing evidence from the educational literature.

2. Developed a knowledge and understanding of educational research and evidence based approaches to teaching and be able to discuss their relevance in the health professions.

3. Be able to critique and incorporate relevant learning theory and research into their own practice.

Teaching Information

Teaching methods will be drawn from a wide range of approaches including: small group styles, lecture, discussion, debate, presentations, case studies, role play, interactive whole-class teaching, tasks which apply new learning, video critique, distance and e-learning elements.

Assessment Information

1500-2000 words or equivalent in other media.

Summative: explore the evidence base for a particular aspect of teaching practice or educational theory.

Formative: group and individual feedback plus online activities.

Reading and References

Curzon LB (1990). Teaching in Further Education. London: Continuum.

Fry H, Ketteridge S and Marshall S (2002). A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education: enhancing academic practice. (2nd Ed), Glasgow: Kogan Page.

Mohanna K, Cottrell E, Wall D and Chambers R. (2011) Teaching Made Easy. 3rd ed. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.

Petty G (2006). Evidence Based Teaching: A practical approach Cheltenham; Nelson Thornes.

Punch K (1998). Introduction to social research. London: Sage.