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Learning pathways during clinical placement of physiotherapy students: a Malaysian experience of using learning contracts and reflective diaries.

Ramli A, Joseph L, Lee SW - J Educ Eval Health Prof (2013)

Bottom Line: It is unclear how students perceive the experience of using a learning contract and reflective diary.A total of four and six main learning themes were identified from the data of the students through a learning contract and reflective diary.These learning themes reflected the views of the students about what they have considered to be important learning pathways during their clinical placements.

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Affiliation: Physiotherapy Programme, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT

Purpose: Learning contracts and reflective diaries are educational tools that have been recently introduced to physiotherapy students from Malaysia during clinical education. It is unclear how students perceive the experience of using a learning contract and reflective diary. This study explores the learning pathways of the students after using a learning contract and a reflective diary for the first time in their clinical placement.

Methods: A total of 26 final-year physiotherapy students completed a learning contract and a reflective diary during clinical placements. Two researchers explored the data qualitatively by the thematic content analysis method using NVivo.

Results: A total of four and six main learning themes were identified from the data of the students through a learning contract and reflective diary.

Conclusion: These learning themes reflected the views of the students about what they have considered to be important learning pathways during their clinical placements. They give valuable insights into the experiences and opinions of students during their clinical education process, which should be useful for enhancing teaching and learning methods in physiotherapy education.

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Mentions: A total of 26 final year physiotherapy students who underwent clinical placement in a government hospital participated in this study. This sample consisted of 22 females and 4 males with a mean age of 22.5 years (SD, 0.58; range, 21 to 23 years). The students demonstrated 4 common themes in their learning contract, while 6 themes were extracted through the analysis of their reflective diaries. All of the details are as discussed below. Analysis of the learning contract demonstrated the following 4 common themes by students during the clinical placement: 1) to apply theory to practice, 2) to improve communication skills, 3) to achieve self-development, and 4) adaptation to the clinical environment. A summary of the themes and subthemes is shown in Fig. 1.


Learning pathways during clinical placement of physiotherapy students: a Malaysian experience of using learning contracts and reflective diaries.

Ramli A, Joseph L, Lee SW - J Educ Eval Health Prof (2013)

Themes identified through analysis of learning contracts during clinical placement.
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f1-jeehp-10-06: Themes identified through analysis of learning contracts during clinical placement.
Mentions: A total of 26 final year physiotherapy students who underwent clinical placement in a government hospital participated in this study. This sample consisted of 22 females and 4 males with a mean age of 22.5 years (SD, 0.58; range, 21 to 23 years). The students demonstrated 4 common themes in their learning contract, while 6 themes were extracted through the analysis of their reflective diaries. All of the details are as discussed below. Analysis of the learning contract demonstrated the following 4 common themes by students during the clinical placement: 1) to apply theory to practice, 2) to improve communication skills, 3) to achieve self-development, and 4) adaptation to the clinical environment. A summary of the themes and subthemes is shown in Fig. 1.

Bottom Line: It is unclear how students perceive the experience of using a learning contract and reflective diary.A total of four and six main learning themes were identified from the data of the students through a learning contract and reflective diary.These learning themes reflected the views of the students about what they have considered to be important learning pathways during their clinical placements.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Physiotherapy Programme, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT

Purpose: Learning contracts and reflective diaries are educational tools that have been recently introduced to physiotherapy students from Malaysia during clinical education. It is unclear how students perceive the experience of using a learning contract and reflective diary. This study explores the learning pathways of the students after using a learning contract and a reflective diary for the first time in their clinical placement.

Methods: A total of 26 final-year physiotherapy students completed a learning contract and a reflective diary during clinical placements. Two researchers explored the data qualitatively by the thematic content analysis method using NVivo.

Results: A total of four and six main learning themes were identified from the data of the students through a learning contract and reflective diary.

Conclusion: These learning themes reflected the views of the students about what they have considered to be important learning pathways during their clinical placements. They give valuable insights into the experiences and opinions of students during their clinical education process, which should be useful for enhancing teaching and learning methods in physiotherapy education.

No MeSH data available.