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March 1994

A Case-Study ApproachFellows' Perceptions of a Teaching Course

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(3):311-315. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170030081018

Objective:  To determine general and behavioral pediatric fellows' perceptions of a formal teaching course.

Design:  Qualitative research design using a case-study approach.

Setting:  Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass.

Participants:  All first-year general and behavioral pediatric fellows (n=5) taking the teaching course.

Intervention:  A 12-week teaching course given to all participants.

Measurements/Main Results:  Data were collected using questionnaires completed by fellows; focused, open-ended interviews with fellows; and student ratings of fellows' teaching. Analysis revealed that after the course, the fellows perceived "teaching" as an interactive, student-directed process; attained a greater awareness of the value of feedback; recognized new teaching opportunities; and changed their teaching strategies to reflect student-directed teaching.

Conclusion:  This formal course influenced fellows' approach to teaching.(Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148:311-315)