Medical Education: Theory and Practice

1st Edition


  • Tim Dornan
  • Karen Mann
  • Albert Scherpbier
  • John Spencer
  • Key Features

    • Written by key figures in medical educational research combined with a strong editorial influence from the international editorial team.
    • The text has a strong evidence-based approach that is fully cognisant of research methodology issues,
    • The book provides a scholarly explanation on the topic, rather than aiming to say the last word.
    • Written throughout in a clear and comprehensible style.

    • The content is extensively referenced with additional suggestions for further reading.

    Table of Contents


    • Glossary
    • Medical Education – an introduction to the domain

    Section 1 Theoretical and social foundations

    • Morality and philosophy of medicine and education
    • Perspectives on learning
    • Medical education in its societal context
    • Medical education in an interprofessional context
    • Patient involvement in health professional education
    • Curriculum development in learning medicine

    Section 2 Educational processes

    • Creating a learning environment
    • Identifying learners’ needs and self assessment
    • Teaching and learning in small groups
    • Teaching and learning in large groups: the ‘lecture’ in the 21st century
    • Learning and teaching clinical procedures
    • Learning and teaching in workplaces
    • Learning from practice: routines, mentoring, feedback and portfolios
    • Assessing learners
    • Quality assurance of teaching and learning: enhancing the quality culture
    • Developing learning resources
    • Selecting for medicine
    • Predicting and guiding career success in medicine
    • Developing teachers and developing learners

    • Glossary


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    © 2011
    Churchill Livingstone
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    About the authors

    Tim Dornan

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and Honorary Professor of Medicine, University of Manchester, UK

    Karen Mann

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor Emeritus, Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Albert Scherpbier

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor, Scientific Director of the Institute for Education and Associate Dean of Education, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

    John Spencer

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor in Medical Education in Primary Health Care and Sub Dean for Primary and Community Care, School of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK