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Allied healthcare undergraduate education: international students at the clinical interface

Morgan, Gareth 2017. Allied healthcare undergraduate education: international students at the clinical interface. Journal of Further and Higher Education 41 (3) , pp. 286-300. 10.1080/0309877X.2015.1100713

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The global movement of students in higher education is a relatively recent phenomenon, which has gained momentum in the last 30 years. Much research has been focused on the experiences of this population. Relatively little is known about international allied healthcare students who undertake clinical placements as part of their undergraduate course. This study explores students’ perceptions of their clinical experience. The chosen focus group method was prefaced by a pilot study; both were conducted within the allied healthcare school of a university in the UK. Four themes emerged from the study: communication, cultural differences, relationships with professionals and survival strategies. Communication referred to both the interaction with and between the students, their patients and fellow members of the multidisciplinary team. Cultural differences were expressed in the negotiation of differing cultures at the patient interface. A third theme was the students’ relationship with clinical professionals; within this, the relationship with the student’s clinical educator was paramount. Finally, survival strategies represented the advice students wished to impart to future international students to facilitate their clinical placement abroad.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Allied healthcare, international students, clinical placement
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0309-877X
Date of Acceptance: 24 June 2015
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:11

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