Module 2 – Teaching Methods and Learning Styles

mod4-intro-300What makes an effective teacher?

What are learning styles?

What strategies can you use to teach students effectively?

Clinical placements are a setting in which theory and practice meet. It is at this point that students can apply what they have learned in the classroom to the clinical setting and begin to build their clinical skills. It is impossible for them to accomplish this independently; careful guidance is required to help them develop effective professional behavior.

Clinical teaching differs from classroom teaching in many ways, but one of the primary differences is that clinical teaching is inherently interactive. As students begin to practice their skills, coaching and feedback are essential, both to ensure clinical success and to build confidence. Given the inherent interactive nature of clinical teaching, the relationship between student and preceptor is essential in the development of the students learning. [1]

This module will assist you to:

  1. Identify characteristics of learners
  2. Identify characteristics of effective teachers
  3. Identify and accommodate various learning styles
  4. Understand intergenerational issues for learners and instructors
  5. Identify and apply effective teaching strategies

[1] Burns, C., Beauchesne, M., Ryan-Krause, P., & Sawin, K. (2006). Mastering the Preceptor Role: Challenges of Clinical Teaching. Journal of Pediatric Health Care 20(3), 172-183. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2005.10.012