Making clinical case-based learning in veterinary medicine visible: Analysis of collaborative concept-mapping processes and reflections
Khosa, D.K., Volet, S.E. and Bolton, J.R. (2014) Making clinical case-based learning in veterinary medicine visible: Analysis of collaborative concept-mapping processes and reflections. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 41 (4). pp. 406-417.
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The value of collaborative concept mapping in assisting students to develop an understanding of complex concepts across a broad range of basic and applied science subjects is well documented. Less is known about students' learning processes that occur during the construction of a concept map, especially in the context of clinical cases in veterinary medicine. This study investigated the unfolding collaborative learning processes that took place in real-time concept mapping of a clinical case by veterinary medical students and explored students' and their teacher's reflections on the value of this activity. This study had two parts. The first part investigated the cognitive and metacognitive learning processes of two groups of students who displayed divergent learning outcomes in a concept mapping task. Meaningful group differences were found in their level of learning engagement in terms of the extent to which they spent time understanding and co-constructing knowledge along with completing the task at hand. The second part explored students' and their teacher's views on the value of concept mapping as a learning and teaching tool. The students' and their teacher's perceptions revealed congruent and contrasting notions about the usefulness of concept mapping. The relevance of concept mapping to clinical case-based learning in veterinary medicine is discussed, along with directions for future research.
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|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Education
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
|Publisher:||Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges|
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