ERIC Number: ED414699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Comparison of Reflective Practitioner Characteristics of First and Second Year Master's in Physical Therapy Students at Nova Southeastern University. Research Methodology.
Musolino, Gina M.
This report discusses a study that investigated whether 68 graduate physical therapy students at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) possessed greater reflective practitioner characteristics than 100 first-year students as a result of the completion of the NSU physical therapy problem-based curriculum. Reflective practitioners are described as practitioners who, for personal growth, question assumptions in practice by deliberately taking time to recall and analyze actions taken and processes used to arrive at these actions. The Reflective Practitioner Instrument (RPI) was administered to students at the end of each year in the curriculum. This instrument was modified and validated from the Reflective Teaching Instrument (RTI) and was designed to measure reflective practice construct dimensions in terms of diagnosis, testing, and personal causation. Results found no significant differences in each of the 15 reflective practitioner characteristic items. In fact, there were several items in each construct dimension in which the first-year students averaged greater than the graduate candidates. Recommendations are made for implementing activities to enhance reflective practitioner constructs, such as incorporating more formalized portfolios, including peer and self-assessment, and requiring personal and reflective journals. Appendices include the RPI and the RTI. (Contains 27 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale, FL.