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The fight against professional obsolescence should begin in the undergraduate curriculum

Kell, Clare and Van Deursen, Robert William Martin 2000. The fight against professional obsolescence should begin in the undergraduate curriculum. Medical Teacher 22 (2) , pp. 160-163. 10.1080/01421590078580

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This study measured the readiness toward selfdirected learning (SDL) of the 1994 Physiotherapy BSc (Honours) cohort (Cardiff, UK) and describes their learning preferences over the three-year course and the following six months. The results were analysed for change with time and maturity. On admission mature students were found to be significantly more ready for SDL (p < 0.05) than the school-leavers and this trend continued throughout the three and a half years. Changes in SDL were similar in both groups over time. Both groups' preference for concrete learning increased significantly during the course (p < 0.05), and persisted after graduation. Preference for student-structured learning was persistently low, although a slight improvement was noted towards finals. The results are discussed in terms of the influence of curriculum demands on the assessed measures and the implications for the lifelong learning capabilities of the new graduates. Physiotherapy educators should consider the implications for professional development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare in collaboration with the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)
ISSN: 0142-159X
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2020 13:57

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