KIPRIME Teaching and learning in research

Chair: Charlotte Sihlén

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The space for PhD-student learning in contemporary medical research

Presenter - Gudrun Edgren

Abstract

In PhD-education in medicine and health sciences, it is common that students and supervisors work and publish together within the supervisors’ research projects. The projects are usually financed by the supervisors’ research grants and their success, in terms of high quality research publications, is of great importance not only for the students’ theses but also for the supervisors’ academic careers. Supervisors and students could therefore be said to have double roles: the supervisor being also a project leader and the student being also a project worker. Research on this double relationship is scarce.

Author: Gudrun Edgren
Contact Person: Gudrun Edgren
Department: The Faculty of Medicine Centre for Teaching and Learning
University: Lund University

Using different forms of scientific writing to introduce critical thinking to biomedicine students.

Presenter - Matthew Kirkham

Abstract

Critical thinking is a skill often sort in many biomedical professions. The aim was to introduce the basic steps of critical thinking in the context of biomedicine, such as to comprehend scientific data, assess reliability of the data and evaluate scientific claims and theories. To introduce critical thinking to first year biomedicine students, the students were asked to critically read different forms of scientific writing. To stimulate critical reading students evaluated claims in popular scientific literature compared to research articles. The students identified and appraised data in the research articles to support or refute claims made in the popular scientific writing.  Teaching combined individual work, group work, and small group discussions with research scientists. Based on feedback from students and instructors after the first time this was implemented it was deemed to be a useful and constructive experience. The students commented it was a useful and insightful to see how scientists evaluate research literature. Overall, it may have helped to give students tools to be able to assess information and evaluate its reliability. 

Authors: Matthew Kirkham and Matti Nikkola
Contact Person: Matthew Kirkham
Department: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
University: Karolinska Institutet