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Learning needs assesment: Assessing the need

Grant, Janet (2002). Learning needs assesment: Assessing the need. British Medical Journal, 324(7330) pp. 156–159.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7330.156
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Abstract

Learning needs assessment has a fundamental role in education and training, but care is needed to prevent it becoming a straitjacket

It might seem self evident that the need to learn should underpin any educational system. Indeed, the literature suggests that, at least in relation to continuing professional development, learning is more likely to lead to change in practice when needs assessment has been conducted, the education is linked to practice, personal incentive drives the educational effort, and there is some reinforcement of the learning.1 Learning needs assessment is thus crucial in the educational process, but perhaps more of this already occurs in medical education than we suspect. The key lesson might be for those who design new systems of education and training: for example, the postgraduate education allowance system in general practice was felt to fail the profession because it did not include needs assessment and so led to ad hoc education to fulfil the time requirements of the system rather than the needs of individual doctors or the profession as a whole. On the other hand, basing learning in a profession entirely on the assessment of needs is a dangerous and limiting tactic. So a balance must be struck.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2002 BMJ Publishing
ISSN: 0959-8138
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Item ID: 20166
Depositing User: Katy Gagg
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2010 17:00
Last Modified: 08 May 2012 08:54
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20166
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