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posted on 2023-03-23, 11:59 authored by Karen Kyne, Aileen Barrett

Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the decisions and decision-making strategies employed by academic GPs tasked with adapting the delivery of undergraduate general practice education curricula to virtual platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic. We sought to investigate how their experiences of this adaptation might influence the development of future curricula.

Methods: Recognising our 'insider' positions and constructivist paradigm preferences, we approached the study from a constructivist grounded theory (CGT) perspective and participants participated in semi-structured interviews.

Results: Nine participants from three university GP departments in Ireland described the transition to online delivery of the curriculum as a 'response approach'. Participants described seeking collaboration both within and between institutions. The value and limitations of student feedback as a driver for change differed between participants and recognised the impact of limited social engagement between peers on social determinants of learning. Participants with prior experience in e-learning were inclined to recommend some level of continuation. Two institutions plan to continue to incorporate aspects of blended learning.

Conclusion and implications: All participants recognised a level of value (efficiency, social engagement and continuity) in online learning, they were less clear on the specific educational value and impact of this (e.g. on knowledge, skills and attributes). We need to consider which elements of undergraduate education can be delivered effectively online. Maintaining the socio-cultural learning environment is of critical importance but must be balanced by efficient, informed and strategic educational design.



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Published Citation

Kyne K, Barrett A. Crisis, change and the future for teaching and learning in general practice. Educ Prim Care. 2023;34(2):83-90.

Publication Date

1 March 2023

PubMed ID



  • General Practice


Taylor & Francis


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