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ERIC Number: ED558953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 122
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3032-8951-4
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Student Perceptions of Educational Quality in Radiologic Technology Programs: A Comparative Analysis of Specialized and Institutional Accreditation
Vander Hoek, Nancy
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of South Dakota
The purpose of this study was to determine if students' perceptions of quality differed between Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredited and non JRCERT-accredited radiography programs using the quality dimensions of curriculum, faculty, facilities and equipment, integrity, student outcomes, and overall satisfaction. First, the study described the demographics of the student population of the selected radiography programs. Second, the study determined the degree to which senior students enrolled in the selected radiography programs perceived the educational quality of their program. Third, the study examined significant differences in student perceptions between the two types of programs. Data were collected from students using an electronic survey instrument containing both five-point Likert scales and a comment section. The survey collected demographic data and contained 44 survey items used to measure the students' perception of the educational quality of their radiography programs. The sample for this study was 257 students enrolled in their last year in one of 40 radiography program located in 22 states. Analysis of the demographic data indicated a predominantly nontraditional, female student population earning an associate degree. The data revealed that students enrolled in both JRCERT-accredited programs and non JRCERT-accredited programs perceived the measured dimensions of their radiography program positively. Radiography students perceive that their program is preparing them well for entry-level work as radiographers and for taking their certification exam. Faculty members in JRCERT-accredited programs are more aware of changes in the field, are more accessible to students outside of class, and provide more timely feedback on academic and clinical progress compared to faculty members in non JRCERT-accredited programs. Students in JRCERT-accredited programs are more closely supervised while performing procedures and repeating radiographic images compared to those in non JRCERT-accredited programs. Students in JRCERT-accredited programs perceive that they have developed critical thinking skills to a higher degree and are more prepared to take their certification exam than students in non JRCERT-accredited programs. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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