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ERIC Number: EJ909712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
Athletic Training Students' Perception of Significant Clinical Instructor Demographic Characteristics
Mulholland, Carlen; Martin, Malissa
Athletic Training Education Journal, v5 n2 p71-76 Apr-Jun 2010
Context: Characteristics of a model clinical instructor (CI) continue to be defined. However, certain characteristics are still unknown. Objective: To more fully define and describe quality clinical instruction by examining the impact of employment status, years of experience as a certified athletic trainer (AT), and employment setting on athletic training students' (ATS) perceptions of their CI. Design: We used the Perception of Clinical Teaching Behavior questionnaire, previously validated by Laurent and Weidner. Setting: ATSs from athletic training education programs (ATEPs) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located in District Nine of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). Patients or Other Participants: 371 ATSs from 16 professional ATEPs. Main Outcome Measure(s): Multiple regression analyses were used to predict CI modeling of professionalism, attitude toward teaching, and humanistic orientation characteristics by employment status and years of experience. A multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was used to examine differences in CI's characteristics across CI employment setting. Results: Employment status and years of experience as an AT did not predict a statistically significant percentage of the variability in CIs' modeling of professionalism, attitude toward teaching, or humanistic orientation characteristic (p greater than 0.05). Modeling of professional behavior did not differ statistically across employment setting. CIs who were employed in secondary school settings were rated significantly higher on CI attitude toward teaching and humanistic orientation characteristics (p less than 0.01) than CIs employed at colleges. Conclusion: Athletic training students perceived CIs working in the secondary school setting to have a better attitude toward teaching and greater humanistic orientation. In order to improve our young professionals' education experience, CI demographics need further exploration as characteristics of the helpful CI continues to be established. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A