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Table 3 Facilitators' perceptions of the impact of training on their knowledge of PBL and their sentiments regarding facilitation and their first small group experiences.

From: What can we learn from facilitator and student perceptions of facilitation skills and roles in the first year of a problem-based learning curriculum?

  Level of experience  
  No facilitation (n= 8) Facilitated once (n= 8) Facilitated > 1 ( n= 17) All facilitators ( n= 33)
Facilitator training     
PRIOR TO TRAINING, how would rate your knowledge/understanding of the PBL philosophy? 1 = none 2 = scant 3 = reasonable/average 4 = good 5 = excellent 2.5 ± 0.38 2.4 ± 0.36 3.0 ± 0.24 2.7 ± 0.18
AFTER TRAINING, how would you rate your knowledge/understanding of the PBL philosophy? 1 = none 2 = scant 3 = reasonable/average 4 = good 5 = excellent 3.8 ± 0.25 3.9 ± 0.30 4.0 ± 0.19 3.9 ± 0.13
Did the facilitator training provide you with sufficient insight into how a facilitator should manage a small PBL group? 1 = strongly disagree 2 = disagree 3 = not sure 4 = agree 5 = strongly agree 3.9 ± 0.30 3.6 ± 0.42 3.8 ± 0.24 3.8 ± 0.17
Becoming experienced with facilitation     
How did/do you feel before facilitating your first session? 1 = annoyed 2 = anxious 3 = did not think about it 4 = confident 5 = excited 3.1 ± 0.55 2.9 ± 0.40 3.1 ± 0.33 3.0 ± 0.31
Do you believe that in order to become more comfortable/equipped to facilitate, one must facilitate more than 1 theme? 1 = strongly disagree 2 = disagree 3 = not sure 4 = agree 5 = strongly agree 4.6 ± 0.18 a 3.4 ± 0.46 b 4.4 ± 0.24 ac 4.2 ± 0.19
Facilitation or teaching in the traditional programme? 1 = strongly disagree 2 = disagree 3 = not sure 4 = agree 5 = strongly agree     
In terms of undergraduate learning, would you prefer to facilitate (new curriculum) (rather than continue to teach students didactically (i.e. lectures) as is undertaken in the traditional curriculum)? 3.9 ± 0.30 3.8 ± 0.49 3.3 ± 0.34 3.6 ± 0.22
Have you ever consulted someone (MEDev or other) with regard to problems that you may have experienced in your small group sessions. N/A 3.3 ± 0.49 2.4 ± 0.26 2.6 ± 0.24 ( n = 25)
  1. a,b,ac P < 0.05