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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 36-40

The Kubler-Ross change curve and the flipped classroom: Moving students past the pit of despair

Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA

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Dr. Erin D Malone
Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, 225K VMC, 1365 Gortner Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_26_18

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Change is hard. The flipped classroom, while a powerful and growing force in medical education, is a major change for many health professions' students. Instructors may avoid “flipping” due to anticipated student resistance and poor course evaluations. The business community has developed specific guidelines on how to manage change using the Kubler-Ross death and dying change curve. This article suggests the change curve and related management strategies can and should be applied to flipped classroom scenarios. Action steps are provided for each stage that can help students move from stress and frustration (“I can't learn this way”) to integrated learning as fast as possible, while simultaneously allowing the full advantages of the flipped classroom to be realized.

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