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Table 1 The facilitators’ rating of the small group learning and problem case scenario

From: Evaluation of Problem-Based Learning implementation in a College of Medicine, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross sectional comparative study

  Item No. (%) Mean (SD)
1 (Never) 2 (Rarely) 3 (Sometimes) 4 (Often) 5 (Always)
Small group learning
1 There is proper students’ training before starting the PBL. 2 (4.3) 1 (2.2) 8 (17.4) 9 (19.6) 26 (56.5) 4.22 (1.08)
2 The students themselves read the problem case scenario that is given by the facilitator. 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (2.2) 3 (6.5) 42 (91.3) 4.89 (0.37)
3 The group leader engages all the students in the discussion equally. 0 (0) 0 (0) 7 (15.2) 27 (58.7) 12 (26.1) 4.11 (0.63)
4 The students have a chance to talk more than the facilitator. 0 (0) 1 (2.2) 2 (4.3) 11 (23.9) 32 (69.6) 4.61 (0.67)
5 The students express their point of view by hand-raising (without interrupting other students’ points of view). 1 (2.2) 0 (0) 6 (13) 28 (60.9) 11 (23.9) 4.04 (0.75)
6 The scribe writes the main point of the discussion. 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (2.2) 8 (17.4) 37 (80.4) 4.78 (0.46)
7 The students themselves identify the learning objectives. 0 (0) 1 (2.2) 3 (6.5) 23 (50) 19 (41.3) 4.3 (0.69)
8 A student summarizes the case scenario at the beginning of the second part of the tutorial (second session). 2 (4.3) 3 (6.5) 5 (10.9) 9 (19.6) 27 (58.7) 4.22 (1.14)
9 The students do the presentation appropriately for the second part of the tutorial (second session). 0 (0) 0 (0) 3 (6.5) 14 (30.4) 29 (63) 4.57 (0.61)
10 A student summarizes the case scenario at the end of the second part of the tutorial (second session) “case integration”. 0 (0) 0 (0) 5 (10.9) 13 (28.3) 28 (60.9) 4.5 (0.68)
11 Learning resources (e.g. library, computers and IT support) are provided to support the learning process. 0 (0) 0 (0) 6 (13) 10 (21.7) 30 (65.2) 4.52 (0.71)
Overall mean   4.43
Problem case scenario
1 PBL case scenarios are clearly written. 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (2.2) 18 (39.1) 27 (58.7) 4.57 (0.54)
2 PBL case scenarios have an appropriate trigger. 0 (0) 0 (0) 4 (8.7) 18 (39.1) 24 (52.2) 4.43 (0.65)
3 PBL case scenarios generate a range of differential diagnoses (in the first session). 0 (0) 1 (2.2) 4 (8.7) 16 (34.8) 25 (54.3) 4.41 (0.74)
4 PBL case scenarios have an appropriate level of difficulty. 0 (0) 0 (0) 5 (10.9) 20 (43.5) 21 (45.7) 4.35 (0.67)
5 PBL case scenarios are related (contextualized) to local settings 0 (0) 3 (6.5) 6 (13) 18 (39.1) 19 (41.3) 4.15 (0.88)
Overall mean   4.38