Physiotherapy undergraduate students' perception of the clinical learning environment

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Physiotherapy undergraduate students' perception of the clinical learning environment

 

Author: Chau, Koon-wing Danny
Title: Physiotherapy undergraduate students' perception of the clinical learning environment
Year: 2000
Subject: Physical therapists -- Training of -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: x, 105 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1505751
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/1570
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore undergraduate physicotherapy students' perceptions among 1. different academic year of study (Year II & Year III), 2. different types of clinical setting (acute in-patient, extended care, and special centers), and 3. different models of supervision. Based on Sandra Dunn's Clinical Learning Environment Scale developed in 1995, a measurement tool for the Hong Kohn Physiotherapist students is developed. This tool is a 26-item instrument with 5 subscales : staff-student relationships, clinical educator's commitments, physical environment, hierarchy and ritual and student satisfaction. All year II students (N=100) and all year III students (N=97) at their last week of clinical placement respectively were invited to complete the questionnaire. The overall response rate was 85.3%. Results of the study showed that students generally perceive a positive Clinical Learning Environment though some may prefer more emotional support from the clinical educator. There are statistically significant differences in students' perception on the CLE between different academic year of study, and between different types of setting, but not between different models of supervision. Possible interpretation and implications of above findings have been discussed. Further research study on work analysis of clinical educators, gender differences, preferred models of supervision and development of CLE measuring tool has been proposed. Finally, recommendation to academic body, clinical institutions, clinical educators, students and the management to strengthen their role in facilitating a favorable clinical learning environment has been proposed.

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