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Students’ Emotions in Simulation-Based Medical Education

, , University of Lapland, Finland

Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 28, Number 2, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Medical education is emotionally charged for many reasons, especially the fact that simulation-based learning is designed to generate emotional experiences. However, there are very few studies that concentrate on learning and emotions, despite widespread interest in the topic, especially within healthcare education. The aim of this research is to study the emotional experiences of students to better understand simulation-based learning. The specific aim is to answer the research question: What kind of emotions do students experience before and after simulation-based education? The data was collected using mixed methods, and in this study, we analyzed the pre- and post-questionnaires of 175 participants. The data is analyzed using descriptive statistics as well as a paired sample t-test, factor analysis, and Cronbach’s alpha. The results show that students in simulation-based healthcare education experience mainly positive emotions before and after simulation activities.


Keskitalo, T. & Ruokamo, H. (2017). Students’ Emotions in Simulation-Based Medical Education. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 28(2), 149-159. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 19, 2017 from .