Near peer teaching in first year anatomy: differences between students' learning behavior and feedback responses

Anscomb, H.L. (2021) Near peer teaching in first year anatomy: differences between students' learning behavior and feedback responses. Clinical Anatomy, 34 (8). p. 14.

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INTRODUCTION: An increasing number of undergraduate courses use near-peer programs to both teach and support first year students in the delivery of complex topics and to improve student engagement and retention. A near-peer teacher (NPT) is at a similar stage of train-ing to the learner, but more advanced and benefits to the learner have been widely reported. Successful studies of NPT have reported that cognitive and social congruence between NPTs and the learners results in an overall more positive learner experience.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study looked at the attitudes and perceptions of the student experience in a first year human anatomy subject when taught by junior faculty (academic B), senior faculty (academic D) and NPT (postgraduate student). Additionally, the students' learning behaviors for each teacher were obtained and analysed through a learning analytics program. All teaching material was standardized. A total of 80 students participated.

RESULTS: The rating for overall teaching quality was high (mean = 4.4/5); students reported signifi-cantly higher levels of satisfaction from the NPT sessions (p < 0.05). Interestingly, this did not align with student learning behaviors, which demonstrated greater interaction with faculty content (p < 0.05 for D level). No significant difference in student learning outcomes was observed.

CONCLUSION: Results from this study suggest that a stu-dent's perceptions of their NPT experience is not directly linked to their learning behaviors. This finding is important as many NPT and student engagement studies focus on a student's perceptions of the learning experience, whereas other factors may better influence stu-dent behavior.

Item ID: 64480
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1098-2353
Copyright Information: © 2020 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
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Presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists, 4-6 December 2019, Perth, WA, Australia.

Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2020 02:14
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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