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Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2008 Jul;24(7):361-6. doi: 10.1016/S1607-551X(08)70133-5.

Use of portfolios by medical students: significance of critical thinking.

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Medical Education Research and Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia. s.azer@salam.uitm.edu.my

Abstract

Portfolios have been used in the medical curriculum to evaluate difficult-to-assess areas such as students' attitudes, professionalism and teamwork. However, their use early in a problem-based learning (PBL) course to foster deep learning and enhance students' self-directed learning has not been adequately studied. The aims of this paper are to: (1) understand the uses of portfolios and the rationale for using reflection in the early years of a PBL curriculum; (2) discuss how to introduce portfolios and encourage students' critical thinking skills, not just reflection; and (3) provide students with tips that could enhance their skills in constructing good portfolios.

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18805751
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10.1016/S1607-551X(08)70133-5
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