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ERIC Number: ED533860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 126
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1247-9069-5
Entry-Level Athletic Trainers' Perceived Adequacy of Clinical Education in Preparation for Confident Professional Practice
Shinew, Kayla A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Ohio University
Athletic training educators are responsible for giving athletic training students a proper environment in which they have opportunities to apply didactic knowledge using critical thinking and decision making skills in a real world context (Radtke, 2008). Clinical education needs to play an integral role in developing athletic training students into competent, confident practicing professionals. This study gathered the perceptions of newly practicing athletic trainers about their clinical education preparation. The purpose was to identify perceptions of their clinical education in preparing them for confident entry-level employment. An instrument was constructed based on the Board of Certification (BOC) professional practice domains to collect information regarding perceptions of adequacy, confidence to practice, demographic information and professional preparation indicators. The sample was gathered through the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Membership Database Office, limiting subjects to graduates within the past two years and individuals currently employed as athletic trainers. The instrument was administered through Survey Monkey and analyzed using SPSS. Overall, 85.2% of the respondents perceived their clinical education to be adequate, 94.5% felt confident to practice AT, and cumulatively, by the adequacy confidence index (A-CI), 94.7% felt their clinical education was adequate in preparing them for confident professional practice. Weak correlations existed between any of the professional preparation indicators and perceived adequacy, confidence to practice, or cumulatively. Future research in the field of athletic training clinical education will transition to align with the 5th edition of the AT Educational Competencies. In particular, research focus should look more specifically at BOC exam success, clinical instructors and their attitudes towards their role as an educator, and on active learning time during clinical education. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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