Clinical education presents a unique learning experience in contrast to the classroom-based teaching approach. Clinical education represents a less controlled learning environment than the classroom, making it difficult for educationalists to plan a stable and equitable clinical education experience for all students. Given the issues associated with clinical education understanding the experience from the perspective of the student may help identify strategies to improve the learning process, and facilitate engagement. This study surveyed a cohort of final year physiotherapy students from James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, about their perceptions of teaching and learning activities during clinical placements. Students reported that the most valuable activities involved individual patient-centred learning activities with adequate discussion and immediate feedback which included information about the student’s limitations, skills, knowledge, and attitude. The least valuable learning opportunities in clinical education were those which were not directly related to patient care and which involved being tutored by, observing or being examined by other students. The results of this study indicate that clinical educators may need to reframe teaching activities to ensure that the students see the value of them as learning opportunities within the clinical education experience.
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- Clinical education
- Teaching and learning opportunities