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BMC Medical Education

, 5:39

First Online: 16 December 2005Received: 29 April 2005Accepted: 16 December 2005

Abstract

BackgroundThe influence of intended and informal curricula on examination preparation has not been extensively studied. This study aims to firstly describe how students utilized components of intended and informal curricula to guide examination preparation, and secondly to study the relationship between examination preparation and performance.

MethodsStudents received a pre-examination questionnaire to identify components from the intended curriculum objectives and examination blueprint, and informal curriculum content emphasised during lectures and small groups, used during examination preparation. Multiple logistic regression was used to study the relationship between these variables and student performance above versus at or below average.

ResultsEighty-one students participated. There was no difference in the proportions using the examination blueprint, content emphasised during lectures, and content emphasised during small groups 87 – 93% but fewer students used objectives 35%, p < 0.001. Objectives use was associated with reduced odds of above average examination performance adjusted odds ratio 0.27 0.07, 0.97, p = 0.04.

ConclusionWhen preparing for the renal course examination, students were influenced at least as much by the informal as the intended curriculum. Of the two intended curriculum components, the examination blueprint appeared to be more widely used than the course objectives. This decreased use of objectives on examination preparation did not appear to have a detrimental effect on student performance.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1472-6920-5-39 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: K McLaughlin - S Coderre - W Woloschuk - T Lim - D Muruve - H Mandin

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