Journal Title:  Journal of Pharmacy Teaching | Vol:  11 | Issue:  2 | Year:  2004   
Print ISSN:  1044-0054 | Online ISSN:     

Reinforcing Concepts by Studying Experts: An Integrated Approach to the Teaching of Pharmaceutics

Associate Professor Dr. Emmanuel O. Akala R.Ph. and Ph.D.
Associate Professor Gerunda B. Hughes Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Tracey L. Rogers R.Ph. and Ph.D.

pages: 13 - 33


The project aimed at enhancing the teaching and learning of pharmaceutics by combining didactic pedagogy and student analysis of research articles in the field of pharmaceutics as a teaching intervention. The students were assigned to groups, and research articles were given to each group together with questions to develop lines of thought. Each group then made a presentation to the class. Students' reactions to the teaching intervention were measured using a Likert-type scale (“strongly disagree” = 1 to “strongly agree” = 5) and five statements related to the use of research articles in the course. Overall results indicate that students' reactions were positive. Seventy-five percent of the students reported that the use of the research articles increased their knowledge and understanding of the subject matter that was being taught. Eighty-seven percent of the students agreed that the questions prepared by the professors on each of the research articles were helpful and should be used in the future. Ninety-two percent of the students agreed that the research articles were connected to what they were learning in the various courses in pharmaceutics.