Educational research: current trends, evidence base and unanswered questions

Lambert WT Schuwirth and Steven J Durning
Med J Aust 2018; 208 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00805
Published online: 5 March 2018

Medical education is a rapidly developing field requiring specific research approaches to provide evidence that can effectively translate into clinical practice

Medical education is a relatively young scientific field, with its origins in the mid-1960s when papers specific to medical education were first published. Yet, by necessity, it has evolved rapidly in the past 50 years, not least because of coincident dramatic changes in the fields of education, cognitive psychology and medicine itself.

  • Lambert WT Schuwirth1,2
  • Steven J Durning1,3

  • 1 Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA
  • 2 Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 3 Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD, USA


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