RMED5803 Principles of Clinical Teaching and Learning (Rural)

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit discusses the factors that promote successful teaching. It provides information about current teaching philosophy and practice. It reviews methods of teaching for adult learners, always keeping a particular focus on clinical teaching. Practical information about choosing the right teaching method and providing effective feedback is discussed. The unit encourages students to develop a personal teaching philosophy, while also facilitating their ability to coach, mentor, teach and train adults with very diverse backgrounds, learning styles and career intentions. Throughout the unit, students are invited to systematically reflect on their teaching styles, communication and assessment abilities in a way which could contribute to a personal teaching and learning portfolio.
Students are able to (1) discuss the principles of adult learning and outcomes based education; (2) review supervisory skills appropriate to clinical settings; (3) facilitate small-group learning; (4) identify learner styles; (5) provide mentorship for diverse populations; (6) further build reflective practice; and (7) explore effective teaching methods.
There are no formal examinations. Assessment is based on a project (60 per cent) and assignments (40 per cent).

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Denese Playford
Contact hours
video conference seminars/workshops: 2 hours per fortnight

A reading list is available through Associate Professor Denese Playford, The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

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