The Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education recommends the development and assessment of critical thinking skills in physical therapist education programs. However, in the literature, the evidence assessing the critical thinking skills of physical therapist students is lacking. Moreover, in physical therapist education, currently no validated tools that measure critical thinking skills exist. The problem is academic and clinical physical therapist instructors lack a measuring tool to determine physical therapist students’ development of critical thinking skills and distinguish whether their education programs promote critical thinking skills in students as they advance through the curriculum. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore whether third-year physical therapist students or novice physical therapists’ critical thinking skills improve their clinical reasoning skills evaluation scores (Health Science Reasoning Test) in association with their instructors’ ability to adapt teaching methods to cater to students’ learning styles and learning personality traits through the differentiation of instruction. The sample of this qualitative case study includes three third-year physical therapist students and one clinical instructor. The three third-year students had primary and secondary learning style, different behavioral learning styles, different philosophies as adult learners and teachers, and a superior overall score on the Health Science Reasoning Test. A mismatch between the clinical instructor and a student is also identified. The study design should be replicated with a larger sample of third-year physical therapist students as well as academic and clinical faculty.
|Commitee:||Collins, Linda, Shriner, Michael|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Behaviorial Learrning Styles, Clincial Education, Clinical Reasoning, Critical Thinking, Learnig Styles, Physical Therapy|
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