What are journals good at?

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:f

This week's ABC of learning and teaching discusses lectures. Lectures are much criticised these days, but Peter Cantillon argues that they are an efficient means of transferring knowledge and concepts to large groups (p 437). He says they may be good for stimulating interest, explaining concepts, providing core knowledge, and directing student learning. What they are not so effective at is teaching skills, changing attitudes, or encouraging higher order thinking.

So how does the BMJ square up against those attributes? Though medical journals probably have more in common with lectures than they do with small group learning, there's …

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