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Title: Εκπαίδευση επεμβατικών καρδιολόγων ιατρών στην ακτινοπροστασία με μεθοδολογία εξ αποστάσεως εκπαίδευσης : διερεύνηση μαθησιακών στυλ και προδιαγραφών μοντέλου e-learning
Issue Date: 6-Nov-2008
Abstract: ABSTRACTThe present M.Sc. Thesis examines the way that interventional cardiologists in Greece learn. The results of this study may be used in a possible design of e-learning courses on radiation protection issues. Radiation protection, i.e. the prevention of negative biological effects of professionals that work with ionizing radiation, is a subject of interest for the previous group of doctors and a subject of priority according to the International Atomic Energy Commission guidelines. Concerning the way of learning of the target group, Kolb's learning style was adopted as measured by the instrument KLSI v.3.1. Besides, educational needs, learning attitudes, preferences and beliefs of potential learners are investigated.The educational research of the present thesis is both qualitative and quantitative. For the former, four constructed interviews took place while for the latter an appropriatequestionnaire was used. The response of the target group was poor (24 responses from 250 recipients). Despite the fact that this low level of response is in agreement withrelevant surveys, it has to be taken into account in any future relevant initiatives. Results show that the majority of the respondents has computer experience and internetaccess and agrees to participate to an online course. They also characterize this type of course as a good initiative. Respondents have restricted experience on distance learning and inadequate background in radiation protection. The potential learners mainly seek education based on personal support by a tutor with expertise and on high quality educational material that refers to problems emerged from their experience. They also want to immediately put into practice what they learn and recognize the importance of the bidirectional feedback between student and tutor in the educational procedure. Concerning communication, the sample seems to be neutral. The preferences of the potential learners refer to features of the experiential learning. Kolb's learning style of the population was found predominantly assimilating in contrast to the convergent style that is reported for groups of doctors in literature. Based on the previous two learning styles, a “symbolic” learning environment is proposed for an effective course that can be ensured through e-learning by following an appropriate instructional design model that includes analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation (ADDIE model).
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