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Learning styles of psychiatrists and other specialists

  • Nicholas Airey (a1), James Marriott (a1) and June Rodd (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

To describe how the Learning Styles Inventory was used to assess the preferred learning styles of a group of senior and specialist registrars from different specialities attending a management course.

Results

Of the 272 doctors studied, the learning styles of psychiatrists (n=42) emerged as significantly different to the group as a whole, favouring reflective observation and concrete experience rather than active experimentation or abstract conceptualisation.

Clinical Implications

Knowledge of learning styles can help improve interactions with other specialities that adopt different learning strategies, and assist with the individual psychiatrist's lifelong learning. To engage the interest of medical students, psychiatrists may need to consider different teaching approaches in line with the prevalent learning style.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Learning styles of psychiatrists and other specialists

  • Nicholas Airey (a1), James Marriott (a1) and June Rodd (a2)
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