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Table 3 The students’ 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. 49 (15.1) 66 (20.4) 89 (27.5) 67 (20.7) 53 (16.4) 3.03 (1.29)
2 The students themselves read the problem case scenario that is given by the facilitator. 6 (1.9) 9 (2.8) 20 (6.2) 45 (13.9) 244 (75.3) 4.58 (0.87)
3 The group leader engages all the students in the discussion equally. 8 (2.5) 32 (9.9) 76 (23.5) 101 (31.2) 107 (33) 3.82 (1.07)
4 The students have a chance to talk more than the facilitator. 5 (1.5) 9 (2.8) 58 (17.9) 111 (34.3) 141 (43.5) 4.15 (0.92)
5 The students express their point of view by hand-raising (without interrupting other students’ points of view). 13 (4) 34 (10.5) 74 (22.8) 115 (35.5) 88 (27.2) 3.71 (1.09)
6 The scribe writes the main point of the discussion. 5 (1.5) 6 (1.9) 40 (12.3) 68 (21) 205 (63.3) 4.43 (0.89)
7 The students themselves identify the learning objectives. 2 (0.6) 14 (4.3) 46 (14.2) 115 (35.5) 147 (45.4) 4.21 (0.88)
8 A student summarizes the case scenario at the beginning of the second part of the tutorial (second session). 19 (5.9) 33 (10.2) 70 (21.6) 81 (25) 121 (37.3) 3.78 (1.21)
9 The students do the presentation appropriately for the second part of the tutorial (second session). 3 (0.9) 13 (4) 31 (9.6) 84 (25.9) 193 (59.6) 4.39 (0.88)
10 A student summarizes the case scenario at the end of the second part of the tutorial (second session) “case integration”. 24 (7.4) 35 (10.8) 53 (16.4) 76 (23.5) 136 (42) 3.82 (1.28)
11 Learning resources (e.g. library, computers, and IT support) are provided to support the learning process. 17 (5.2) 29 (9) 59 (18.2) 87 (26.9) 132 (40.7) 3.89 (1.19)
Overall mean   3.98
Problem case scenario
1 PBL case scenarios are clearly written. 8 (2.5) 10 (3.1) 48 (14.8) 120 (37) 138 (42.6) 4.14 (0.95)
2 PBL case scenarios have an appropriate trigger. 8 (2.5) 14 (4.3) 54 (16.7) 129 (39.8) 119 (36.7) 4.04 (0.96)
3 PBL case scenarios generate a range of differential diagnoses (in the first session). 6 (1.9) 12 (3.7) 63 (19.4) 111 (34.3) 132 (40.7) 4.08 (0.95)
4 PBL case scenarios have an appropriate level of difficulty. 6 (1.9) 11 (3.4) 68 (21) 132 (40.7) 107 (33) 4.0 (0.92)
5 PBL case scenarios are related (contextualized) to local settings 8 (2.5) 18 (5.6) 72 (22.2) 107 (33) 119 (36.7) 3.96 (1.02)
Overall mean   4.04