Using student centred evaluation for curriculum enhancement: An examination of undergraduate physiotherapy education in relation to physical activity and exercise prescription

O'Donoghue, G. and Doody, C. and Cusack, T. (2011) Using student centred evaluation for curriculum enhancement: An examination of undergraduate physiotherapy education in relation to physical activity and exercise prescription. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 37 (2-3). pp. 170-176. ISSN 0191491X (ISSN)

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The purpose of this study was to examine physiotherapy students' perceptions of current education content of entry-level physiotherapy programmes in terms of physical activity (PA) and exercise promotion and prescription (EPP). Sixty-two physiotherapy students from three Irish Universities participated. Three Structured Group Feedback Sessions (SGFS) were conducted. Using open-ended questions, group opinions were sought in relation to their PA and EPP education. In accordance with SGFS methodology, comments that received majority support were recorded. Data were analysed using 'Framework Analysis' methodology. Emerging themes related to (i) course content, (ii) clinical education, and (iii) methods of teaching and learning. The SGFS approach was found to be a useful method, providing an opportunity for students to substantiate and expand on their views. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Curriculum evaluation; Physical activity and exercise prescription; Structured Group Feedback Session; Student centred; Undergraduate physiotherapy education
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