Introducing novel learning methods to a pharmacy school in Japan: A preliminary analysis
Keywords:Pharmacy education, problem-based learning, tutorial small group discussion, efficacy analysis, Japan
AbstractProblem-based learning (PBL) and small group discussions (SGD) have gained the attention of many Japanese pharmacy schools as a new education tool. However, the effectiveness of these methods may be influenced by students’ attitudes and culture. This paper describes how a School of Pharmacy in Japan has been piloting PBL and tutorial SGD sessions and reports results of a preliminary analysis of their efficacy as educational tools. The results showed that PBL and tutorial SGD could be valuable educational tools for Japanese pharmacy schools. Further research is suggested in order to confirm these results.
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