Mapping University Skills labs in Radiography: Students’ Perspectives
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Original versionCronin, Fitzgerald, Gillard, Ghotra, Kieft, Reynolds, Sanderud A, Sekkelsten, Hårsaker V: Mapping University Skills labs in Radiography: Students’ Perspectives. In: Meijer A, Buissink C, Hogg P. OPTIMAX 2018A focus on Education in Radiology, 2019. University of Salford p. 99-112 http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/50072
Background: Establishing an effective theory and practice relationship is necessary for every radiography student. The effectiveness of a Skills Lab is paramount to ensure that student radiographers are prepared for Clinical Placement (CP). The aim of this study is to map the perspectives of radiography students regarding the university Skills Lab. Methods: This study is mainly quantitative, with one qualitative element. A paper-based questionnaire was administered to 26 radiography students from seven different countries that were participating in the Optimax summer school. The questionnaire comprised 3 closed questions concerning demographics, 6 closed questions regarding the SL of their university, 3 of which were Likert Scale questions, and 1 open question about how SL could be enhanced, according to the students. Results: Students indicated a competent lab tutor, smaller group size and simulated patient interaction to be important factors in the SL. In addition, environmental factors (light, temperature) were less important. Students mentioned that their equipment is of a lower standard than CP, but they also said that they feel well prepared for CP. Students found modern equipment not hugely important. Conclusion: Students indicate that theoretical and ractical skills labs prepare them well for CP. However, they suggest that a competent lab tutor and additional time are important factors in the SL.