“How should I apply this information?”
The authors argue that there is a strong need for an educational research agenda in pediatric physical therapy. The detailed description of the Delphi method as a means to develop this agenda would benefit clinicians and researchers attempting to investigate similar questions and areas of inquiry. Educators and educational researchers should integrate the priorities and considerations within the agenda in designing and measuring the impact of teaching and learning activities. Clinicians can support and contribute to ongoing work aimed at ensuring that students are optimally prepared for pediatric clinical education experiences and for early career pediatric practice. Finally, the results of this project can guide researchers and clinicians interested in optimizing the effectiveness and impact of lifelong learning. This is critical to advance the profession and to ensure optimal service for children and families.
“What should I be mindful about when applying this information?”
This work establishes priorities and considerations for a research agenda. All stakeholders would benefit from continuing to identify similarities and contrasts between educational challenges in pediatric physical therapy and those in other areas of physical therapy, other health professions, and general graduate and postgraduate education. This should also guide future investigation, as the profession would benefit from integrating existing evidence and/or collaboration with educational researchers from other fields to support best practices where there is overlap. Future investigations should also emphasize the unique challenges of pediatric education where there is less overlap. For example, development of psychomotor and communication skills with children and families might be an area of focus, within the identified priorities and considerations. Future research may also benefit from more input from clinical educators. This would introduce a different perspective, which was not as well represented in this work, and outline how clinicians might best support the educational research agenda.
Joseph Schreiber, PT, PhD
Physical Therapy Program, Chatham University
Jennifer Brilmyer, PT, DPT
The Children's Institute