ERIC Number: EJ1048282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Defining the Engaging Learning Experience from the Athletic Training Student Perspective
Mazerolle, Stephanie M.; Bowman, Thomas G.; Benes, Sarah S.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v9 n4 p182-189 Oct-Dec 2014
Context: Clinical experiences are an integral part of athletic training education and are where students gain the hands-on, practical knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality patient care in the field. However, some clinical education experiences may not allow athletic training students to become clinically integrated. Objective: To explore athletic training students' perspectives on their clinical learning experiences, specifically as they relate to an engaging learning environment. Design: Qualitative study. Setting: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education accredited undergraduate programs. Patients or Other Participants: Twenty-one athletic training students (6 juniors; 15 seniors) with an average age of 22 years (20-23 years) from 4 National Athletic Trainers' Association districts volunteered to participate in our study. Data Collection and Analysis: Participants responded to a series of open-ended questions by journaling their thoughts and opinions through the secure website QuestionPro. Data were analyzed using open coding that was guided by a general inductive procedure. Data credibility was established through peer review, interpretative member checks, and multiple analyst triangulation. Results: Our cohort identified an engaging learning environment as one that allowed active learning and participation as an athletic trainer and included communication between the student and preceptor, patient interactions, and instructor feedback regarding development and application of skills and knowledge. Conclusions: Athletic training students prefer a more active learning style and value observing their preceptor engage in patient care, but they also want the opportunity to practice their athletic training skills to gain competence and confidence.
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Learning Experience, Clinical Experience, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Learner Engagement, Educational Environment, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Active Learning, Experiential Learning, Communication (Thought Transfer), Feedback (Response)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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