The Perception of the Concept of Communication Between Teacher and Student in Veterinary Education

Manuella Militaru, Mihaela Monica Furnaris, Mihaela Monica Craciun, Adele Ioana Mustatea, G.V. Goran, S Baillie

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Abstract

Communication is acknowledged as an important factor in practicing veterinary medicine and is part of the "Day One Skills" of a graduate. OIE (The World Organisation for Animal Health) and other organisations responsible for generating global education policies, recommend that communication courses are integrated within the curricula of veterinary medicine faculties. Additionally, effective communication between teachers and students is an essential factor in the achievement of a high quality veterinary medical education.
In order to gather primary information about how communication is perceived in the community of teachers and students from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Romania, a paper questionnaire with open questions was administered to 159 participants: 135 students and 24 teachers.
Communication in the teacher-student relationship was rated as very important by 100% of the teachers and by 88% of the students. However, communication between teachers and students was considered poor by 18% of the respondents, the degree of dissatisfaction increasing as students approach the end of their studies. Our study highlights the need for communication training of all those involved in the teaching-learning process and a greater awareness of the role that communication plays in the process of teaching, to ensure students develop the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a veterinary graduate. Using the questionnaire proved to be a simple and quick tool to capture the perception of the concept of communication between the teachers and the students. The data revealed a need to unify the notions of communication and to develop the communication skills both among students and teachers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
JournalRevista Română de Medicină Veterinară
Volume30
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • communication
  • teacher-student relationship
  • day-one-competencies

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