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Planning for the future - a student's view

Williamson, Keren and Mundy, Lynn A. 2007. Planning for the future - a student's view. BJR Congress Series

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BACKGROUND Current cohorts of radiography students are representative of the future radiography workforce and the hypothesis for this study is that this group are informed and persuaded by the rhetoric of the professional body in relation to role development opportunities. This feasibility study was conducted as preparation for a longitudinal study investigating role development expectations of radiography students with a view to predicting the possible impact of misalignment of expectation and valence on this potential workforce. METHOD A descriptive, cross sectional survey was undertaken to identify attitudes and opinions of a cohort of 37 final year radiography students. Topics associated with role development were explored using self completion, structured questionnaires in the Likert scale format. Attitude questions were constructed to illicit information in relation to 3 main themes of investigation; expectation, knowledge and valence. RESULTS 100% of participants stated an expectation for role development opportunities with 97.3% indicating that these expectations would be realised within 5 years post graduation and 75.6% within 2 years of graduation. A significant correlation between this expectation and job satisfaction was noted (p<0.05)(2 tailed). 94.6% expressed an interest in role development, with 78.6% indicating that they would be prepared to move departments in order to meet their expectations. CONCLUSION Results indicate that student radiographers are influenced by role development rhetoric. Expectation and valence of role development opportunities are seen to be intrinsically linked with job satisfaction suggesting that misalignment of these would have a potentially negative impact on motivation and retention of the future radiography workforce.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Publisher: British Institute of Radiology
ISSN: 0007-1285
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:59

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