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Psychosocial and cultural barriers to communication skills learning in a South East Asian medical school

Foong, ALS ORCID: 0000-0001-5956-4597 and Sow, CF 2020 , 'Psychosocial and cultural barriers to communication skills learning in a South East Asian medical school' , Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, vol. 20, no. 4 , pp. 152-163 , doi: 10.33423/jhetp.v20i4.2993.

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Abstract

With continuing reports of poor communication skills, this study set out to explore reasons as to whymedical undergraduates in a medical school should have difficulties with communication skills learningfor competent professional practice of international standards. Volunteers were recruited from third yearundergraduate medical students to participate in focus group interviews to provide feedback on theirexperiences with communication skills learning. Six different groups were set up before saturation pointwas reached, with each group comprising of between six to eight participants. Qualitative analysis ofdata by coding and categorization threw up a range of insights into the students' challenges withcommunication skills learning. Two primary areas explored comprised of barriers to communicationskills learning and how lecturers could help students improve communication skills learning. The findingshighlight participants' acknowledgement of the issue of communication skills to be a problem. Theypresented a range of insights into the psychosocial and cultural perspectives that were barriers to theirlearning. Various teaching and learning factors were highlighted as reasons for challenges to thelearning of communication skills. They could serve as guidance for educators and education managers totake on board for enhancing communication skills learning and as indicators for further studies.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Foong, ALS and Sow, CF
Keywords: teaching, learning, medical students, communication skills, cultural, psychosocial, barriers
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice
Publisher: North American Business Press
ISSN: 2158-3595
DOI / ID Number: 10.33423/jhetp.v20i4.2993
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Copyright 2020 North American Business Press

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