Learner centered or teacher centered? Medical Teachers’ preferences ( A pilot study)

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Giti Karimkhanlouei 1 , * , Saeedeh Mazloomzade 1

1 Faculty of Medicine, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran

How to Cite: Karimkhanlouei G, Mazloomzade S. Learner centered or teacher centered? Medical Teachers’ preferences ( A pilot study), J Med Edu. 2015 ; 14(1):e105424. doi: 10.22037/jme.v14i1.8171.

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Journal of Medical Education: 14 (1); e105424
Published Online: June 04, 2015
Article Type: Brief Report
Received: August 08, 2015
Accepted: June 04, 2015
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Abstract

Background and purpose: While learner-centered language teaching has been advocated in higher education in the recent years, teacher-centered pedagogical styles seem to be predominant in several instructional settings. The bottom line is that all teachers must be equipped with a deep knowledge of pedagogical improvements and use them as instructional innovations for the betterment of their pedagogies.Methods: The present study investigates the preference of the instructors for teaching in traditional vs. learner-centered styles of teaching at the Zanjan Medical University. Method: A questionnaire was used to investigate the teachers’ preferences for either of these styles. A total of 30 faculty members of the Zanjan Medical University from different fields of study were included as subjects in this study.Results: Results indicated that most instructors (90%) still use traditional/teacher-centered approaches in the University, despite the call for a shift to learner-centered approaches.Conclusions: This study indicated that the instructors needed more facilities and enhanced fundamental knowledge of learner-centered approaches in order to apply this mode of instruction in their teaching process.

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