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ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine, 2nd Edition

ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine, 2nd Edition

Peter Cantillon (Editor), Diana F. Wood (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-34798-2

Jul 2011, BMJ Books

96 pages



The ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine is a fully revised, succinct resource for both novice and experienced medical teachers. It is an excellent introductory text for doctors and other health professionals starting out in their careers as well as offering teaching tips and new perspectives for busy practitioners wishing to keep abreast of developments in medical education.

The ABC emphasises the teacher’s role as a facilitator of learning rather than a transmitter of knowledge. It is designed to be practical and accessible and will support good teachers in becoming even better at what they do. Each chapter seeks to explain how different aspects of learning and assessment work (the theory) as well as providing descriptions of educational approaches that work (the practice).

This fully updated new edition features core medical education topics such as course design, assessment, learning in groups, feedback, and the creation of learning materials. It also includes invaluable new chapters that address many of the challenges of medical education such as dealing with students in difficulty, the teaching of professionalism in clinical settings, and how to support the development of teachers. Together, these chapters represent an authoritative guide written by a team of educational experts of international renown and is suitable for all health professional educators.

Contributors vii

Preface ix

1 Applying Educational Theory in Practice 1
David M. Kaufman

2 Course Design 6
John Bligh and Julie Brice

3 Collaborative Learning 10
Diana Wood

4 Evaluation 15
Jillian Morrison

5 Teaching Large Groups 19
Peter Cantillon

6 Teaching Small Groups 23
David Jaques

7 Feedback in Medical Education: Skills for Improving Learner Performance 29
Joan Sargeant and Karen Mann

8 Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Environment 33
John Spencer

9 Written Assessment 38
Lambert W T Schuwirth and Cees P M van der Vleuten

10 Skill-Based Assessment 42
Val Wass

11 Work-Based Assessment 48
John Norcini and Eric Holmboe

12 Direct Observation Tools for Workplace-Based Assessment 52
Peter Cantillon and Diana Wood

13 Learning Environment 60
Jill Thistlethwaite

14 Creating Teaching Materials 64
Jean Ker and Anne Hesketh

15 Learning and Teaching Professionalism 69
Sylvia R. Cruess and Richard L. Cruess

16 Making It All Happen: Faculty Development for Busy Teachers 73
Yvonne Steinert

17 Supporting Students in Difficulty 78
Dason Evans and Jo Brown

Index 83

“It is designed to be practical and accessible and will support good teachers in becoming even better at what they do.”  (MedReview, 1 September 2012)

"Color figures and sample evaluation forms make the high quality text an outstanding value. Cantillon is a professor at the National University of Ireland and Wood is director of medical education at the University of Cambridge. Originally published in 2003, the second edition adds three closing chapters on teaching professionalism, faculty development, and supporting students in difficulty." (SciTech Book News, December 2010)


the only book for clinical teachers available which contains brief articles that are readily accessible and use ideas, tips and approaches that are of immediate practical use

this new edition incorporates major updates and revisions of existing chapters, as well as new chapters that are pertinent to the steadily increasing remit of the clinical teacher

attractive to typical non-academic clinical teachers for whom service is their main concern

contains articles by acknowledged international experts in the relevant fields