Is there a Plan B?: Clinical educators supporting underperforming students in practice settings

Bearman, Margaret, Molloy, Elizabeth, Ajjawi, Rola and Keating, Jennifer 2013, Is there a Plan B?: Clinical educators supporting underperforming students in practice settings, Teaching in higher education, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 531-544, doi: 10.1080/13562517.2012.752732.

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Title Is there a Plan B?: Clinical educators supporting underperforming students in practice settings
Author(s) Bearman, Margaret
Molloy, Elizabeth
Ajjawi, RolaORCID iD for Ajjawi, Rola orcid.org/0000-0003-0651-3870
Keating, Jennifer
Journal name Teaching in higher education
Volume number 18
Issue number 5
Start page 531
End page 544
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1356-2517
1470-1294
Summary The relationship between supervisors and students in work-based clinical settings is complex, but critical to the appropriate development of the learner. This study investigated the experiences of physiotherapy clinical educators of working with underperforming students, and specifically explored educational strategies used with this subgroup of learners. Findings indicated the cyclical relationship between clinical educator's stressful experiences of working in multifaceted roles within a clinical environment and their tendencies to provide 'more more more' - more of the same strategies, more feedback and supervision, and more of themselves - as their primary approach to supporting underperforming students. The data suggest that clinical educators did not have an alternative ('Plan B') if the 'more more more' approach did not produce results. We argue that the problem of managing underperforming students is a complex one without easy solutions but a focus on systems changes rather than upon individual students or clinical educators should be considered.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13562517.2012.752732
Field of Research 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081252

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