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Robert Gagnes Theory: Conditions of Learning

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Some healthcare practitioners believe that by working together in interdisciplinary teams they can significantly improve the quality of care they give to their clients It was against this backdrop that Margaret Horsburgh et. al carried out a study to investigate the attitudes of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy toward the concept of “ shared learning” . The study involved first-year students of nursing, pharmacy and medicine from the University of Auckland to whom the Readiness for Inter-professional Learning Scale, developed by the University of Liverpool's Department of Health Care Education, was administered.

majority of the students, except those studying medicine, were receptive to shared learning The finding of the study implies that students of medicine may have certain negative attitudes towards their counterparts in the healthcare field. While the exact nature and causes of these attitudes are not known, it is unlikely that medical students would benefit from common classes with the other students in the healthcare department. Thus, a department of health care that seeks to deploy the shared learning model may first need to investigate the attitudes of the in the various disciplines towards each other.

Traditionally, scholarly writing has demanded intellectual skills of a higher degree from professors and their students. The so-called Information Age has increased the pressure on scholars to produce academic papers of high quality (Donald, 1985). The Information Age has availed an avalanche of information that is readily accessible through the Internet. However, not all this information is of academic quality. In addition, the available quality academic materials are scattered in numerous sites. One of the intellectual skills is the skill to search sources from which to draw citations for academic papers.

The other intellectual skill is that of synthesis – the ability to piece together information from different sources into a coherent paper.  

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