Research Based Learning: Implementing in Higher Education for Health Science Education

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Nithra Kitreerawutiwong
Keerati Kitreerawutiwong


          Nowadays, the global encounter with triple burden of disease including 1) noncommunicable diseases, 2) communicable diseases, and 3) emerging and reemerging diseases and injuries. In addition, demographic transition occurred. Health education need to transform teaching approach that emphasis on the process of learning to make the learners solve the challenge in health system. Research based learning (RBL) is one of the methods facilitates student-centered educational approach. The RBL emphasis on seeking knowledge by themselves, systematic thinking, analyzing, and synthesis of the knowledge with supervision from the teacher. The aim of RBL is not merely producing researchers, but also providing students with sufficient knowledge and competencies and apply the process of RBL that they have learnt to solve the problems for future professionals. The model of RBL and level of learning intensity are differed according to the level of education in higher education. Application of RBL will be improve student’s learning outcomes including 1) subject-related knowledge 2) professional skills 3) social skills and communication skills and 4) meta-competencies. The students can be learning to cope with uncertain demands of their future. This article presents 1) definition of RBL and student-centered educational approach, 2) RBL and learning outcomes, 3) model of RBL and level of intensity involvement of the student. and 4) the beneficial of RBL. It will be serving the instructor to design appropriately teaching methods according to RBL.


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Nithra Kitreerawutiwong, Faculty of Public Health, Naresuan University

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