From neural to social

Medical student admissions criteria and engagement in a social learning environment

Shane Dawson*, Leah Macfadyen, Lori Lockyer, David Mazzochi-Jones

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Abstract

Notions of what it is to be knowledgeable and skilled in one's profession have evolved in recent decades. For instance, medical practitioners are expected to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and to be a professional and community leader. While these attributes have always been well regarded, it is only relatively recently that higher education institutions are actively incorporating these skills and attributes into student admissions criteria. In parallel, methods of instruction and course delivery have also changed over time with respect to these driving social paradigms. Today's medical schools are expected to both select and develop students in terms of these qualities through socially based pedagogical practices. This paper investigates the admissions criteria that best predict student engagement in a social learning environment and thus the related attributes such as communication, creativity, and leadership. The paper frames this investigation in the scholarship related to 21st century skills and achievement orientations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurriculum, Technology & Transformation for an Unknown Future. Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2010
EditorsCaroline H. Steel, Mike J. Keppell, Philippa Gerbic, Simon Housego
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherUniversity of Queensland Press
Pages292-301
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781742720166
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2010 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20108 Dec 2010

Other

Other27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2010
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period5/12/108/12/10

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    Dawson, S., Macfadyen, L., Lockyer, L., & Mazzochi-Jones, D. (2010). From neural to social: Medical student admissions criteria and engagement in a social learning environment. In C. H. Steel, M. J. Keppell, P. Gerbic, & S. Housego (Eds.), Curriculum, Technology & Transformation for an Unknown Future. Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2010 (pp. 292-301). Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.