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Table 4 Facilitator experiences of their small groups tutorials: facilitating for the first time and dealing with student problems.

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   
  Facilitated once
(n= 8)
Facilitated > 1
(n= 17)
Student's t-test
( P value)
All facilitators ( n= 25)
Facilitating the first theme     
How would you rate your first tutorial/facilitation session (i.e. Case 1)? 1 = dreadful 2 = satisfactory 3 = not sure 4 = good 5 = excellent 3.8 ± 0.37 3.4 ± 0.26 0.387 3.5 ± 0.21
After facilitating your first 6 week theme, how do you feel generally about facilitation? 1 = hate it 2 = doing it because I have to 3 = ambivalent 4 = coping 5 = enthusiastic 4.5 ± 0.27 4.6 ± 0.19 0.795 4.6 ± 0.15
After facilitating for one theme of 6 weeks, how did you feel about the PBL process in terms of promoting learning in Medicine? 1 = ineffective 2 = barely effective 3 = ambivalent 4 = good 5 = excellent 4.3 ± 0.31 3.8 ± 0.20 0.195 3.9 ± 0.17
Once you had facilitated 1 theme, did the facilitator training make more sense in terms of understanding the role of the facilitator in small group PBL sessions? 1 = strongly disagree 2 = disagree 3 = not sure 4 = agree 5 = strongly agree 3.6 ± 0.46 4.1 ± 0.12 0.331 4.0 ± 0.17
After facilitating 1 theme, did your opinion of PBL being beneficial in terms of student learning change? 1 = strongly disagree 2 = disagree 3 = not sure 4 = agree 5 = strongly agree 3.0 ± 0.42 3.4 ± 0.26 0.462 3.3 ± 0.22
Facilitating with problem students
1 = strongly disagree 2 = disagree 3 = not sure 4 = agree 5 = strongly agree
    
Did you ever find that a tutorial group was difficult to control in terms of your understanding of how a small group should function? 1.8 ± 0.25 1.9 ± 0.17 0.663 1.8 ± 0.14
Did any student in one of your groups disrupt the group process? 1.5 ± 0.27 3.1 ± 0.29 0.001* 2.6 ± 0.26
Did any student in one of your groups not participate in the discussions? 2.0 ± 0.33 3.1 ± 0.33 0.033* 2.7 ± 0.26
  1. *indicates a statistical difference (P < 0.05)