Becoming a tutor: exploring the learning experiences and needs of novice tutors in a PBL programme Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The tutor plays an important role in facilitating learning in a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum. This paper explored the ways that novice tutors were educated in a PBL programme at McMaster University. Thirteen novice tutors were interviewed in this qualitative, ethnographic study to identify their learning needs and culture at the entry phase of 'becoming a tutor'. Ten tutor guides were also interviewed to provide additional information and perspectives regarding the data generated by the novice tutors. Categories that emerged were: (1) benefiting from the experience, (2) managing the challenges, (3) transitioning to a new role, (4) uncovering learning opportunities, (5) maintaining vigilance, and (6) explicating the implicit. The overarching framework that wove the categories together was that of the theme of storytelling in the teaching-learning process. Implications for practice for tutor training are addressed considering the oral tradition.

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  • November 2005