TEACHING METHODS; PERCEPTION OF STUDENTS FROM A TERTIARY HEALTH INSTITUTION IN SOKOTO, NIGERIA
Objective: Teaching methods employed by educators play a vital role in the academic learning process. This study investigated how students of a tertiary health institution located in Sokoto, Nigeria perceive the teaching methods employed by their tutors.
Methods: A total number of 100 students from the School of Nursing Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto were recruited for this study. The instrument used in this study to collect data from the respondents was a well-structured type questionnaire
Results: Out of the total distribution, only 92 questionnaires were completed and returned (42.39% males and 57.61% females). A total of 51.08% of the participants agreed that Lecture Method was the most dominant teaching method employed by their tutors with only 2.17% not sure of the most dominant teaching method. A high percentage (70.65%) of the participants preferred Discussion Method of teaching.
Conclusion: We thus deduced that, students of the School of Nursing, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital Sokoto preferred Discussion Method to all other teaching methods. It is highly recommended that school authorities of tertiary health institutions should from time to time carry out appraisals of teaching methods employed by tutors vis a vis preferred teaching methods by students. Also, tutors in such institutions should be encouraged to adopt student-centered teaching method (s) so as to enhance the quality of the learning process.
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