Evaluation of microteaching as a new teaching modality in microbiology in a medical college setup
AbstractTeaching is not an easy job when it comes to teaching medical students . Given that student’s attention span is around 15 to 20 minutes only and classes in a medical college last for an hour, you need to do something to control students attention. Further, to break the monotony of instruction in medical colleges, introduction of new methods of teaching are required . Many instructors report that when they intersperse short lectures with active engagement of students for a brief time , students seem to become interested in the lecture. Microteaching is something which incorporates all this in its methodology. Present study was conducted to evaluate the usefulness of microteaching in a medical college setting . Two microteaching sessions were conducted in a span of one week . The students gave constructive feedback regarding the teachers presentation after both the microteaching sessions. Comparative opinion of the students about the teachers regular lecture sessions and the microteaching sessions was also documented. . Presentation skills of the teacher improved in the fields of set induction ,illustration with examples and asking questions and summarizing by microteaching. The students found microteaching to be more interesting ,arousing intellectual curiosity than regular didactic lecture. Microteaching can be regarded as an opportunity for medical teachers to improve their teaching skills. It can be considered as an armament for an effective teacher in a medical college setting. Key words: Microteaching , Medical college setting.
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