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ERIC Number: EJ1075548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
Evaluating Perceptions of Culminating Clinical Education Experiences of Senior Athletic Training Students
Aronson, Patricia A.; Bowman, Thomas G.; Mazerolle, Stephanie M.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v12 n3 p219-226 Jul-Sep 2015
Context: The perceptions of athletic training students (ATSs) regarding their clinical education experiences are not fully understood. It is important to investigate ATS perceptions of clinical education to allow athletic training educators to provide educational experiences that will maximize learning. Objective: To determine what ATSs value during their clinical education experiences. Design: Qualitative study. Setting: Participants completed an electronic preceptor evaluation. Patients or Other Participants: Nineteen (14 female, 5 male; average age = 22 6 1 years) senior ATSs over 2 years enrolled in a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education--accredited athletic training program participated in our study. Participants came from 1 Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education--accredited athletic training program in the Mid-Atlantic region. Data Collection and Analysis: We asked seniors to evaluate their final clinical education experience by completing an open-ended questionnaire. We analyzed the data following the principles of grounded theory. We negotiated over the coding scheme until we reached full agreement, performed a peer review, and conducted member checks to ensure trustworthiness of the results. Results: Three major themes emerged from the data. Athletic training students enjoy interacting with preceptors who act as appropriate professional role models. Our participants also found value in being able to develop their clinical skills with appropriate situational supervision. Finally, ATSs appreciate when preceptors teach them new information by stimulating their critical thinking skills. Conclusions: To help provide positive learning environments for senior ATSs, athletic training education administrators should select preceptors who can successfully model professional responsibilities, present ATSs with authentic learning experiences, and promote higher-level thinking. We believe providing ATSs with exposure to preceptors who can meet these criteria may better prepare students for professional practice, alter persistence decisions, and should be a goal of clinical experiences for the benefit of ATSs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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