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COMMENTARY
Year : 2001  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-35

Commentary: Pilot Studies


Chair, Department of Medical Education, University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA

Correspondence Address:
Joel H Lanphear
Department of Medical Education, University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Fort Worth, TX
USA
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As its label implies, a pilot study or project is a trial of an idea that may be a new instructional model, innovation, technique, or curriculum reform. Originally it was used for trials of large-scale research designs. Pilot studies and their close relatives, feasibility studies and demonstration projects, have had a varied pattern of use since the 1960s. Kamin et al. (2001) have provided us with an excellent example of how a pilot project can be undertaken to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an instructional model prior to widespread and/or permanent adoption of its use.


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