European Journal of Anatomy

Official Journal of The Spanish Society of Anatomy
Cover Volume 22 - Number 3
Eur J Anat, 22 (3): 257-268 (2018)

Pedagogic research in Anatomical Sciences: A best practice guide

Claire F. Smith1, R. Isabel Stabile3, Gabrielle M. Finn2

1Department of Medical Education, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, 2Hull York Medical School, University of York, York, United Kingdom, 3International School for Foundation Studies, University of Malta Running title: Research in Anatomy

ABSTRACT This article explores the background of anatomical educational research. It draws together research and our own personal experiences to propose a best practice piece for novice researchers in anatomical education. The article explores the domains of both qualitative, and quantitative methods as applied to anatomy pedagogy. It takes into consideration validity and what might be undertaken to increase validity and reliability. The article explores how both qualitative and quantitative data can be analysed and recommends top tips including: Identify your research questions and theoretical framework. Map out how you are going to answer your research questions. Consider collaborating with like-minded researchers in other countries: multi-centre studies have a better chance of getting published and carefully consider your target journal and suggestions for peer review, taking into consideration individual expertise and potential conflicts of interests. This article is designed to be a guide to anyone starting anatomical research or experienced researchers looking for new methods and ideas.

Keywords: Learning anatomy Qualitative Quantitative Pedagogical research Focus groups Questionnaires

European Journal of anatomy
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