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ERIC Number: EJ812928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1382-4996
Health Care Students' Differing Conceptions of Expertise: A Challenge for Inter-Professional Care
Makinen, Jarkko; Petersson, Gunilla; Nurmi, Raija; Lonka, Kirsti
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v12 n4 p441-455 Nov 2007
The aim of the study was to examine do health care students, who study at different programs, value similar expert qualities. To investigate this issue, a questionnaire was administered among health care students in a Finnish polytechnic (two cohorts, total n = 466), consisting of a scale for rating the importance of different expert qualities. The questionnaire resulted in the following dimensions of the conceptions of expertise: (1) social skills, (2) scientific skills, (3) innovativeness, (4) continuing self-development, and (5) problem-solving skills. Also the Inventory of General Study Orientations (IGSO) was applied to analyse possible motivational explanations for different conceptions of expertise. In addition to the scales, an open-ended writing task was used to explore in depth students' conceptions of expertise. It appeared that study orientations were a minor factor in the study, while study environment (study programs) clearly differentiated students' conceptions of expertise. Thus, the study argues that health care students' conceptions of expertise are constituted mainly on domain-specific bases and that students who graduate from different programs may possess very diverse ideas about their profession. Consequently, different conceptions captured during the education form a major challenge for inter-professional care later in work-life. This phenomenon should be taken into account when organising health care education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland