ERIC Number: EJ935068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 16
What Traits Make for an Effective Athletic Training Educator and Mentor?
Burningham, Danielle S.; Deru, Landon; Berry, David C.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v5 n4 p183-186 Oct-Dec 2010
The educational preparation of athletic training students is a daunting experience for athletic training educators (ATEs) as they are often faced with many external (eg, accreditation, lack of resources) and internal (eg, lack of comfort with a subject area, role strain) challenges. Regardless of these challenges, the success of an athletic training student is a multi-faceted process, derived not only from the experiences they encounter in the academic classroom, but through exposure to diverse patient populations, healthcare providers, and high quality clinical instructors. A student's success is also obtained by engaging in and modeling the professional behavior of one's mentor(s), clinical instructor(s), and other well respected professionals. After examining related literature and engaging in several informal discussions with athletic training students, multiple themes emerged regarding the traits of an effective athletic training educator. The four main themes are: (1) student and educator communication; (2) facilitating critical thinking; (3) professionalism; and (4) responsiveness to students. Each of these traits is explored in more detail in this article.
Descriptors: Mentors, Athletics, Clinical Teaching (Health Professions), Academic Achievement, Trainers, Patients, Health Services, Critical Thinking, Professional Development, Standards, Collegiality, Responsibility, Risk, Training
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