IJIMT 2017 Vol.8(5): 393-396 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2017.8.5.759

Topic-Based Study Guide: An Essential Learning Tool to Planned Teaching and Learning in Basic Science Courses in Medical and Health Sciences Universities

Anshoo Agarwal
Abstract— Study guides can make a major contribution to learning. Little is known about students' perceptions of use of study guides in many Universities in many countries. The use of study guides in education is growing exponentially, but available studies report wide variability in student perceptions about them, ranging from enthusiasm to very negative attitudes. Cross-sectional questionnaire based study was done to share description of the key features of study guides in Health Sciences Universities in India, Pakistan, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates and to review the international guidelines as how to prepare study guides for health professionals and compare them with the study guides designed in basic science courses in the Universities in India, Pakistan, Malaysia and UAE. Student’s perception about study guides in different Universities of different countries was also analyzed. Questionnaire were distributed to the students in different Universities of India, Pakistan, Malaysia and UAE taking basic sciences courses. Regarding various aspects of study guides in Malaysia and UAE: 78% felt that study guides were informative. 85% felt that it was informative in communicating to students and teachers what the learner needs to know. 85% of them feel that study guides have been useful in the time of need. In India and Pakistan, the topic wise study guide was not available in many courses in basic sciences for health professional students. Few courses designed study guides for students, however majority of the students felt that it was not needed as it was not of much use to them. We hypothesis the reason could be that in Malaysia and UAE the curriculum is student centered and structured and based on learning outcomes therefore going through the study guides helps students to know what they need to study. However, in India and Pakistan still many Universities follow traditional curriculum which is still teacher centered therefore courses with study guides available were also not of much use to the students in such places.

Index Terms— Basic science courses, topic-based study guide learning tool, planned teaching and learning.

Anshoo Agarwal is with Northern Border University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabi (e-mail: dranshoo3@gmail.com).

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Cite: Anshoo Agarwal, " Topic-Based Study Guide: An Essential Learning Tool to Planned Teaching and Learning in Basic Science Courses in Medical and Health Sciences Universities," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 393-396, 2017.

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