Title: Medical students'epistemological beliefs: the focusgroup approach
Authors: Roex, Ann ×
Degryse, Jean-Marie #
Issue Date: 28-Aug-2007
Conference: AMEE location:Trondheim, Norway date:25-29 august 2009
Article number: 6E/SC1
Abstract: Background: Epistemological beliefs (EB) are students' conceptions on knowledge and knowing. The study of EB is currently a popular area of research within educational psychology. This study questions whether the focusgroup approach based on the 'Reflective Judgement Interview' allows us to map out medical students'EB and whether there are indications that their EB develop during the last year of medical training.
Work done: 2 focusgroups of students were met on 3 occasions. Two focusgroups of experienced GP tutors were met once. During all these meetings, the participants were presented ill-structured questions which they were asked to answer critically. All sessions were audiotaped, transcribed and analysed according to a pre-defined plan.
Conclusions: The ill-structured problems have given access to the participants'EB, but with this measure, few arguments were found in favor of an evolution of the students'EB. No considerable differences were found between the students' and the trainers'EB, except for one statement.
Take-home messages: The study of EB is a very interesting and fascinating area of research in which the challenge lies in overcoming the thresholds inherent to the domain of EB as well as those inherent to the domain of medical education.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Academic Center for General Practice
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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