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Acad Med. 2007 Oct;82(10 Suppl):S53-6.

Factors influencing implementation of team-based learning in health sciences education.

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Office of Curriculum, M301, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA. brittat@bcm.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Limited studies have looked at factors that lead to successful implementation of team-based learning (TBL). The purpose of this study was to identify contextual factors associated with implementation of TBL with a larger pool of individuals.

METHOD:

The authors administered a questionnaire who had implemented TBL via the Web to participants who attended TBL workshops; 297 of 594 responded. We used the constant comparative method to analyze responses.

RESULTS:

Analysis revealed five factors important to successful implementation of TBL: buy-in, expertise, resources, time, and course characteristics, with 60%, 38%, 37%, 36%, and 16% of respondents identifying each factor, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

When health science faculty and administrators implement TBL or other educational innovations, they must have buy-in, ensure adequate time and resources, develop needed expertise, and determine best fit within a course. Although these results are specific to TBL, they are consistent with models of dissemination and have implications for other educational innovations.

PMID:
17895691
DOI:
10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181405f15
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