Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Exploration of Power Within the Student-Preceptor Relationship of Direct-Entry Midwifery Students in the United States
by Wiley, Lisa Maureen, M.S.M.W., Bastyr University, 2014, 120; 1551912
Abstract (Summary)

It is widely acknowledged that the preceptorship model is the primary mode of transmission of clinical knowledge within the profession of midwifery. It is natural that a power imbalance resides between preceptor and student; however, research has revealed that this inequality bears not only the potential for facilitating the conveyance of wisdom, but as well for mishandling. The concept of power within the student-preceptor relationship of Direct-Entry Midwives (DEMs) within the U.S. has not been explored through existing literature, despite the fact that increased understanding of this educational relationship may impact the institution of DEM education. Qualitative inquiry was conducted in collaboration with individuals who recently concluded a course of DEM education, and phenomenological analysis of the findings was performed. A summary of themes was compiled, eliciting insight into the nature of power within this relationship and as well the implications of this dynamic upon the profession.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gordon, Wendy
Commitee: Delorme, Lisa, Hays, Karen
School: Bastyr University
Department: Midwifery
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Medicine, Womens studies, Medicine, Vocational education
Keywords: Apprenticeship, Direct-entry midwifery, Midwifery education, Preceptor, Professional issues, Student
Publication Number: 1551912
ISBN: 9781303707513
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