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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31824d0e8a
Research Article

Clinical Instructors' Perspectives: What Should We Be Teaching in Pediatrics?

Kenyon, Lisa K. PT, PhD, PCS; Tovin, Melissa M. PT, MA, PhD; Hellman, Madeleine PT, MHM, EdD

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Purpose: This study explored clinical instructors' perspectives regarding specific aspects of pediatric content that should be included in the curricula of entry-level physical therapist education programs.

Methods: This mixed methods sequential explanatory study was conducted using 2 groups of participants. The survey-only group consisted of 278 participants who anonymously completed a Web-based survey. The mixed-data group consisted of 9 purposively selected participants who completed the Web-based survey and participated in a one-on-one qualitative interview that explored their survey responses.

Results: Participants provided recommendations pertaining to the depth and breadth of pediatric content in entry-level curricula. A diagram was created to depict the participants' perspectives on how pediatric content in the entry-level curricula should be structured.

Conclusion: Clinical instructors offer valuable insights that can be used to guide entry-level curricular content in pediatrics. The results of this study may assist physical therapist faculty in preparing students for entry-level practice in pediatrics.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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