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Attitudes and Perceptions of Pharmacy Students of Ras Al Khaimah towards Problem Based Learning


Sathvik B. S , Smitha C Francis , Padma G. M Rao , B.G Nagavi

Abstract

Problem based learning (PBL) is a widely adopted learning methodology in international academic settings, especially in medical and health sciences universities. The prime aim of PBL system of education is integrating learning with practice. A number of studies conducted on medical and health sciences student’s attitudes and perceptions indicate positive attitudes and perceptions towards their PBL curriculum. However, these studies also highlight significant negative attitudes & perception in certain aspects of PBL methodology. The objective of our study was to assess the attitudes and perceptions of undergraduate pharmacy students of RAK College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RAKCOPS) towards their PBL experience. It was a prospective cross-sectional survey based study conducted using an attitudes and perceptions evaluation questionnaire. Majority of the pharmacy students agreed that PBL was useful for them and they ‘always’ enjoy learning through their PBL sessions. Students also agreed that their skills have improved after PBL sessions. Our study highlights the significant role of PBL in enhancing students problem solving, critical thinking, literature search and most importantly communication skills through team work.



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