FACULTY AND STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES AND OPINIONS REGARDING THE USE OF CASE REPORTS TO DEVELOP SCIENTIFIC WRITING SKILLS AMONG UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

MA Gonzaga, B Francis, K Elsie

Abstract


Introduction: Teaching undergraduate students to write effectively has been a major concern in higher institutions of learning. Using written case reports is one way of teaching scientific writing skills to undergraduate students hence this teaching method was introduced for undergraduate radiography students at Makerere University.

Objective: To determine opinions and perceptions of faculty and students about the use of case reports in developing undergraduate students’ scientific writing skills.

Methods: Interventional longitudinal study with a case control crossover design was used. Data was collected in phases using questionnaires and focus group discussions. Thematic analysis was used for qualitative data; bivariate and logistic regression analyses were used for quantitative data.

Results: All students and faculty members were positive about introducing scientific writing using case reports. Students who are exposed to writing case reports in a scientific way are more likely to develop writing skills compared to other students.

Conclusion: The findings indicate that scientific writing skills can be taught to undergraduate students even in resource-constrained institutions.


Keywords


case reports; radiography students; scientific writing

Full Text:

PDF


The South African Radiographer | ISSN 0258 0241

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 South Africa License