ERIC Number: EJ1048274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
The Impact of Clinical Experiences from Athletic Training Student and Preceptor Perspectives
Benes, Sarah S.; Mazerolle, Stephanie M.; Bowman, Thomas G.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v9 n4 p156-165 Oct-Dec 2014
Context: Clinical education is an integral part of athletic training programs. This is where students should develop their professional identities and become socialized into the profession. Understanding the student and preceptor perspectives of the impact that clinical experiences have on students can provide valuable insight into this aspect of athletic training education. Objective: To evaluate the impact of clinical education on the professional development of athletic training students from the student and preceptor perspective. Design: Qualitative study. Setting: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education--accredited undergraduate programs. Patients or Other Participants: A total of 15 participants (7 athletic training students and 8 preceptors) from four schools enrolled in our study. Data Collection and Analysis: One researcher conducted semistructured interviews over the phone or in person. Data analysis used a general inductive approach to reveal the dominant themes that related to our purpose. We achieved data credibility through multiple analyst triangulation, peer review, and member checks. Results: Athletic training students and preceptors agree that clinical education is integral to the professional development process. Realistic and positive experiences and diversity in experiences were identified as factors affecting professional growth during clinical education experiences. Conclusions: Athletic training students and preceptors have similar views on the importance of clinical placements on professional development. Clinical experiences provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the profession, affirm their career choice, practice knowledge and skills, and learn about themselves personally and professionally. The student and the fit/match of the placement directly impact the students' clinical experiences.
Descriptors: Clinical Experience, Allied Health Occupations Education, Athletics, Undergraduate Students, Professional Personnel, Practicum Supervision, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Professional Development, Attitudes, Socialization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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