2014 年 40 巻 4 号 p. 245-251
Izumi Municipal Hospital conducts practical hospital training for pharmacy students by dividing the training schedule into four periods according to the content of the programs offered. When we read the training diaries drawn up during that period, we found no uniformity in the description methods used by different students, and found evidence of quantitative and qualitative differences. This may indicate that there are problems with the instruction method being used. We therefore investigated the diaries' written content in order to identify the cause of differences between the descriptions therein and problems with the instruction method.
A text mining technique was employed to analyze nouns used in the training diaries. Regarding the pattern of the appearance of nouns, similarities were observed among students in passive training programs, but differences were found between students in active training programs.
It was suggested that the stronger the connection was between nouns appearing in the diaries within each of the scheduled training periods, the more the students associated these nouns with each other to understand the material presented during training.
In light of these findings, it is suggested that (1) it is important for students to understand the material they have learned during training and make connections with each other and (2) it is necessary for instructing pharmacists to provide instructions while confirming and assessing students' training diaries. The evaluation of training diaries using the data mining technique was useful for these purposes.