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A problem-based approach to clinical education in dietetics

Winter, Jane, Matters, Helen and Nowson, Caryl 2002, A problem-based approach to clinical education in dietetics, Nutrition & dietetics, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 23-28.

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Title A problem-based approach to clinical education in dietetics
Author(s) Winter, Jane
Matters, Helen
Nowson, Caryl
Journal name Nutrition & dietetics
Volume number 59
Issue number 1
Start page 23
End page 28
Publisher Dietitians Association of Australia
Place of publication Deakin, ACT
Publication date 2002-03
ISSN 1446-6368
Keyword(s) clinical education
problem-based learning
dietetics
Summary Developing the clinical skills and knowledge of dietetic students provides a challenge for both universities and health care agencies. Deakin University has recently adopted a group learning model using problem-based learning to deliver the clinical component of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics course. This approach was designed to enhance integration of clinical theory and practice, develop closer links between on-campus and off-campus learning environments and provide students with more active learning experiences. The impact of the new approach was evaluated using student questionnaires, academic and competency outcomes, and a focus group convened with hospital supervisors. The evaluation indicated that students generally thought that this method of learning had helped to integrate their basic knowledge with dietetic case management. There was no difference in academic scores from the previous year and an apparent reduction in the number of students requiring additional placement time to mee t competency standards. Hospital supervisors were supportive of the changes, although they had some reservations regarding the time and structure of clinical placements. As a result of this evaluation, recommendations for future development of the program include introducing problem-based learning to students earlier in their course, providing additional placement days during the block and increasing the amount of time dedicated to more complex topics. Based on the evaluation results obtained, this collaborative learning using a problem-based approach will continue to be used in the clinical education program at Deakin University.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Dietitians Association of Australia
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