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Building Our Knowledge Base

Gwyer, Jan PT, PhD, FAPTA; Hack, Laurita M. PT, DPT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA

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Journal of Physical Therapy Education: Volume 31 - Issue 1 - p 2
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“The road to success is always under construction.”— Lily Tomlin

Once again, the array of topics addressed by the authors in this issue represents many of the challenges we face each day in our classrooms and clinics as physical therapy educators. Dutton and Selheim explore a long-standing issue about the dissonance between academic preparation and clinical practice. Two papers focus on the growing phenomenon of international education experiences; Audette offers a model for structuring those experiences and Haines et al describe the inclusion of such experiences in physical therapist assistant education. Pullen et al continue to explore the theme of addressing vital, but often neglected, aspects of the curriculum in their article about inclusion of HIV/AIDS content.

Reflecting the current focus on clinical reasoning as one of the most important skills to develop in physical therapy practice, there are 4 articles helping us to understand and assess the development of clinical reasoning. We have taken advantage of this to present a perspective paper on the state of scholarship on this topic.


Each of these papers represents one more building block in our continued work to build the educational enterprise in physical therapy. We are confident you will find each of them useful in your work.

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