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Article: Language as a barrier to the acquisition of anatomical knowledge

TitleLanguage as a barrier to the acquisition of anatomical knowledge
Authors
Issue Date1997
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0308-0110
Citation
Medical Education, 1997, v. 31 n. 2, p. 81-86 How to Cite?
AbstractThe language of instruction for medical students at the University of Hong Kong is English, which is their second language. This presents a potential barrier to their academic learning. We have studied the extent of this problem by looking at the amount of terminology students have to assimilate during their anatomy course and the way in which the terminology is structured and explained (this provides, more generally, an indication of the factual loading to which medical students are exposed). We have also investigated the effect of the quality of students' language skills on their examination results in anatomy class tests and MBBS exams. It was found that students' entrance levels in English correlated well with their final examination results and that the quality and quantity of their English also correlated highly with scores in class tests. On this basis, we conclude that language is one of the most important barriers to students' academic success in the department and that current teaching materials may not be appropriate.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/149560
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.369
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.913
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dc.contributor.authorLucas, Pen_US
dc.contributor.authorLenstrup, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorPrinz, Jen_US
dc.contributor.authorWilliamson, Den_US
dc.contributor.authorYip, Hen_US
dc.contributor.authorTipoe, Gen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-26T05:55:17Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-26T05:55:17Z-
dc.date.issued1997en_US
dc.identifier.citationMedical Education, 1997, v. 31 n. 2, p. 81-86en_US
dc.identifier.issn0308-0110en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/149560-
dc.description.abstractThe language of instruction for medical students at the University of Hong Kong is English, which is their second language. This presents a potential barrier to their academic learning. We have studied the extent of this problem by looking at the amount of terminology students have to assimilate during their anatomy course and the way in which the terminology is structured and explained (this provides, more generally, an indication of the factual loading to which medical students are exposed). We have also investigated the effect of the quality of students' language skills on their examination results in anatomy class tests and MBBS exams. It was found that students' entrance levels in English correlated well with their final examination results and that the quality and quantity of their English also correlated highly with scores in class tests. On this basis, we conclude that language is one of the most important barriers to students' academic success in the department and that current teaching materials may not be appropriate.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0308-0110en_US
dc.relation.ispartofMedical Educationen_US
dc.subject.meshAnatomy - Educationen_US
dc.subject.meshCommunication Barriersen_US
dc.subject.meshCurriculumen_US
dc.subject.meshEducation, Medical, Undergraduateen_US
dc.subject.meshEducational Measurementen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_US
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dc.subject.meshLearningen_US
dc.titleLanguage as a barrier to the acquisition of anatomical knowledgeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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