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Moving Toward Excellence in Pediatric Physical Therapy Education

A Scoping Review

Anderson, Deborah K., PT, EdD, MS, PCS; Furze, Jennifer A., PT, DPT, PCS; Moore, James G., PT, PhD, PCS

doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000549
RESEARCH REPORTS: EDUCATION

Purpose: The purpose of this scoping review was to identify and map current evidence that underpins excellence in pediatric physical therapy education.

Methods: An extensive review was conducted of literature published over a 27-year period regarding pediatric physical therapy/medical/allied health education.

Results: Thirty articles were reviewed and analyzed. Articles were classified as levels of evidence 4 to 7. Three major overarching concepts emerged: faculty characteristics, curriculum, and pedagogy.

Conclusions: Few published studies with methodological rigor exist on this topic. More research and higher quality studies are needed to identify exemplar programs, curriculum, and pedagogy. The key concepts identified in this review will help inform the definition of excellence, as it is perceived through the lens of pediatric physical therapy educators, clinicians, and students.

The purpose of this scoping review was to identify and map current evidence that underpins excellence in pediatric physical therapy education.

Physical Therapy Program (Dr Anderson), Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois; Creighton University (Dr Furze), Omaha, Nebraska; University of Miami (Dr Moore), Coral Cables, Florida.

Correspondence: Deborah K. Anderson, PT, EdD, MS, PCS, Physical Therapy Program, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, 555 31st St, Alumni Hall 320i, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (dander@midwestern.edu).

Grant Support: This research was supported by a grant from the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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