Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cultural Competence and Reflective Practice in Physical Therapy Education
by Romanello, Mary L., Ph.D., Miami University, 2001, 236; 10817965
Abstract (Summary)

The dissertation enclosed in these pages presents a qualitative research study in which I sought to gain an understanding of best practice integration of cultural competence and reflective practice in physical therapy education. Data were collected through participant interviews, document analysis, and classroom observations. The research study presented is a two-part study. The first part of the study involved snowball sampling used to locate physical therapy educators and physical therapy educational programs integrating cultural competence and reflective practice in their curricula, with follow-up initial informant interviews to ascertain curricular characteristics that indicate the integration of cultural competence and reflective practice in curriculum. Case study program analysis to understand how physical therapy educators are integrating cultural competence and reflective practice comprised the second part of the study.

Data were analyzed using a continuous analysis process that entails analyzing data as it is collected. Ongoing data analysis influenced subsequent data collection as I attempted to determine emerging themes as depicted by the participants and interpreted by the researcher. The case studies revealed that integration of cultural competence and reflective practice in physical therapy curricula requires curriculum reform. The necessary curriculum reform involves faculty engaging in adaptive where they develop shared vision and core values in line with a program mission to educate culturally competent, reflective practitioners for a changing 21st century health care environment. Transformative leaders guide faculty members and students in pursuit of this communal interest. Best practice integration of cultural competence and reflective practice is achieved by implementing Dewey's experiential learning and Freire's liberatory education frameworks.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lloyd, Sally
Commitee:
School: Miami University
Department: Educational Administration
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Physical therapy, Educational leadership
Keywords: Cultural competence, Curriculum, Physical therapy, Reflective practice
Publication Number: 10817965
ISBN: 978-0-355-84517-4
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