A pedagogical model for simulation-based learning in healthcare

Eliisa Tuulikki Keskitalo, Heli Mirja Anneli Ruokamo

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The aim of this study was to design a pedagogical model for a simulation-based learning environment (SBLE) in healthcare. Currently, simulation and virtual reality are a major focus in healthcare education. However, when and how these learning environments should be applied is not well-known. The present study tries to fill that gap. We pose the following research question: What kind of pedagogical model supports and facilitates students’ meaningful learning in SBLEs? The study used design-based research (DBR) and case study approaches. We report the results from our second case study and how the pedagogical model was developed based on the lessons learned. The study involved nine facilitators and 25 students. Data were collected and analysed using mixed methods. The main result of this study is the refined pedagogical model. The model is based on the socio-cultural theory of learning and characteristics of meaningful learning as well as previous pedagogical models. The model will provide a more holistic and meaningful approach to teaching and learning in SBLEs. However, the model requires evidence and further development.
Translated title of the contributionPedagoginen malli terveydenhuollon simulaatioperustaiseen opetukseen
Original languageEnglish
Article numberhttp://seminar.net/volume-11-issue-2-2015/247-a-pedagogical-model-for-simulation-based-learning-in-healthcare
Pages (from-to)74-86
Number of pages13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Field of science

  • General and teacher education

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