Title

Clinical Instructors' Perspectives: What Should We Be Teaching in Pediatrics?

ISBN or ISSN

0898-5669

Volume

24

Issue

2

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-2012

First Page

183

Last Page

191

DOI Number

10.1097/PEP.0b013e31824d0e8a

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study explored clinical instructors' perspectives regarding specific aspects of pediatric content that should be included in the curricula of entry-level physical therapist education programs.

METHODS:

This mixed methods sequential explanatory study was conducted using 2 groups of participants. The survey-only group consisted of 278 participants who anonymously completed a Web-based survey. The mixed-data group consisted of 9 purposively selected participants who completed the Web-based survey and participated in a one-on-one qualitative interview that explored their survey responses.

RESULTS:

Participants provided recommendations pertaining to the depth and breadth of pediatric content in entry-level curricula. A diagram was created to depict the participants' perspectives on how pediatric content in the entry-level curricula should be structured.

CONCLUSION:

Clinical instructors offer valuable insights that can be used to guide entry-level curricular content in pediatrics. The results of this study may assist physical therapist faculty in preparing students for entry-level practice in pediatrics.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Pediatrics, Physical Therapy Specialty, Entry-Level Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Faculty

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