DOI: 10.21276/ajptr
Fri, 22 Mar 2019

The Significance of Using Chalk and Board During Lectures for Medical Students: Current Opinion

S Amarnath 1*, M Thulasimani1, Arun Sharma1, S Jaikumar1, S Basalingappa1, S Ramaswamy1

1. Department of Pharmacology, Sri Lakshminarayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry - 605 502.


Developments in the recent past on teaching the students by using audio visual aids such as power point presentation, over head projector and virtual teaching have improved learning process. However, still a few teachers follow the traditional method of teaching with chalk and board. The present survey is an attempt to know the opinion of the 132 medical students (3rd semester) about the use of chalk and board while teaching. A questionnaire was given to students seeking their view on the utility of lecture, voice modulation, eye contact of the teacher and use of chalk and board. It was observed from survey results that 65.15% of students expressed satisfaction with regard to understanding of subject. Surprisingly 60.6% of students preferred the traditional method of teaching of chalk and board while only 34.4% of students preferred power point presentation. The participants also felt that while using chalk and board the eye contact and classroom management were effective. It is concluded that the traditional chalk and board method of teaching is still accepted by the students.

Keywords: chalk and board, teaching, power point presentation, medical students.

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