The purpose of this guide is to help people who are new to medical education research find information that will help them get started on a project, learn about various research methodologies, and conduct an effective search of the education literature.
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2014
Publication Date: 2010
The new "Carnegie Report," describes shifts that are recommended in U.S. medical education. Applies adult learning theory to the medical education landscape. LIBRARY HAS PRINT AVAILABLE
- Cook DA, Bordage G, and Schmidt HG. Description, justification and clarification: a framework for classifying the purposes of research in medical education. Medical Teacher 2008 Feb;42(2):128-33
Describes different types of research in medical education and encourages clarification studies which ask "why or how did it work," requiring qualitative research methods.
- Cook DA. Getting started in medical education scholarship. The Keio journal of medicine 2010;59(3):96-103.
Tips for asking good questions; outlines threats to study validity.
- Morrison, J. Developing research questions in medical education: the science and the art. Medical Education 2002; 36(7):596-597.
Presents criteria for publication-worthy research questions.
- Prideaux, D and Bligh J. Research in medical education: asking the right questions. Medical Education 2002; 36(12):1114-1115.
Argues that medical education research should be grounded in a theoretical framework and that authors should be explicit about the educational philosophies underpinning the research.
- Ringsted C, Hodges B, Scherpbier A. "The research compass: an introduction to research in medical education: AMEE Guide no. 56." Medical Teacher 2011; 33(9): 695-709.
Basic primer on research. Describes general categories of medical education research: explorative, experimental, observational, and translational.