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Table 1 Correlations between performance in procedural knowledge tests (KFP and PST) and learner characteristics

From: Learning the facts in medical school is not enough: which factors predict successful application of procedural knowledge in a laboratory setting?

  Procedural knowledge (KFP + PST) Strategic knowledge (KFP) Conditional knowledge (PST)
  r P r P r P
Domain specific conceptual knowledge       
Result of conceptual knowledge test 0.27 0.017* 0.18 0.100 0.26 0.019*
Learner characteristics       
Age 0.09 0.444 0.13 0.266 0.04 0.740
Gender, F/M   0.190   0.141   0.380
Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory   0.361   0.942   0.154
Motivation to learn nephrology 0.12 0.287 0.23 0.040* 0.01 0.911
Intended career as hospital-based doctor   0.009**   0.009**   0.068
Clinical experience       
Years of study 0.07 0.561 0.12 0.305 0.02 0.895
Duration of clinical clerkships 0.26 0.023* 0.33 0.003** 0.14 0.218
Cognitive performance       
Result of university entrance diploma −0.07 0.541 0.11 0.380 −0.18 0.130
Percentage of correct answers in NME-I 0.38 0.001** 0.26 0.025* 0.38 0.001**
  1. * p < 0.05; ** p < 0.01; *** p < 0.001.